Brian Noonan

Twerking, selfies, literally, and the English language

American linguist, lexicographer, and language commentator Ben Zimmer joins Brian to explain the addition of words like “twerk” and “selfie” to the Oxford English Dictionary Online.

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    avadenticals said:
    September 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I collect and categorize twitter avatars among which are many selfies. And one thing that surpised me is the difference in the way men and women portray themselves. The gender divide is amazing. A few examples:

    These kind of selfies are almost uniquely female:
    <a href="http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/1.-girl-wi…” target=”_blank”>http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/1.-girl-wi
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/11.-siames
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/23.-diagon
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/33.-whiske
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/59.-duckfa
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/70.-tilted

    These kind of selfies are almost uniquely male:
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/29.-dramat
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/40.-reclin
    http://www.avadenticals.org/categories/61.-headse

    I guess the question is: are these differences the consequence of an existing ‘cultural’ phenomenon or is something else going on? I really wonder.

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