Selfie Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

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When was the last time you took a selfie?  An hour ago?  A week ago? 

If you’re asking “what’s a selfie,” maybe the answer is never.

For the uninitiated, "selfie" is a term for a self-portrait, usually snapped on a digital camera or smartphone held by an outstretched arm. It's also a term that been named by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2013 Word of the Year.

Cringing? Hang on. Though selfies have gotten a bad rap as the crowning achievement of a narcissistic, self-absorbed, self-obsessed youth culture, writer Casey Cep says young people today didn't actually invent the selfie.

In a piece entitled “In Praise of the Selfie,” she argues that today’s cropped, filtered, and instantly shared selfies in fact stem from a long, rich tradition of self-portraiture. Before we dismiss the selfie, she argues, we should consider all that it has to offer.

In honor of the word of the year, The Takeaway staff has taken some selfies. Check out our album below and send us your own selfie by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter.