2013 was a year of revelations. Revelations marked by cetain iconic words. And while Pope and Obama taking a photo of themselves from their cellphone made the term 'selfie' a household term, Miley’s outrageus performance at an award function gave birth to 'twerking'.
"We got to know of so many new terms this year, all thanks to social media. My friends and I have been using them so often," says Nikhil Kant, a copywriter with an ad agency.
We bring to you five popular oft-quoted words of 2013. Have you been using them too?
The term is defined as self portrait, usually taken by a hand-held digital camera. The word beat Twerking to be the most popular word of 2013, according to Oxford Dictionary. The popularity of the word hit the roof when newspapers world over went berserk over US President Barack Obama taking a selfie with the English and Denmark PMs during Nelson Mandela’s funeral service.
The second most popular word was Twerking — made infamous thanks to 21-year-old American pop star Miley Cyrus gyrating suggestively during the MTV music awards. The word essentially refers to up-and-down thrusting hip movements with a low, squatting stance. After Miley, singer Rihanna followed suit and Twerking hit its stardom!