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o0xOxford, England (The Adobo Chronicles) – Each year, new words are added to the Oxford Dictionary — which describes itself as “the definite record of the English language” and published by the Oxford University Press.

Among the new words added this year is “Selfitis.”

In March this year, The Adobo Chronicles  broke the story that the American Psychiatric Association (APA)officially classified ‘selfies’ as a mental disorder, calling it “Selfitis.”image45

The disorder is defined as the obsessive-compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self  and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy. APA said there are three levels of the disorder: borderline, acute and chronic selfitis.

In deciding to add “Selfitis” to their dictionary, Oxford said that “no other word in the history of the English language has caught the attention of millions of people worldwide within a short period of time, dominating news stories, songs, television shows, Facebook posts and Tweets, as has “Selfitis.”

In  responding to criticism that “itis” means “inflammation” and that the disorder as defined by the APA is more of an addiction, Oxford decided to add a second definition in its dictionary entry, as follows:

Selfitis (self-i’tis) n. inflammation of the ego

However, the word “Selfitis” failed to be named Oxford Dictionaries’ “Word of the Year.”  The 2014 Word of the Year is “Vape,”  used to describe the process of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (or “vape pen”).

Last year’s word of the year was “Selfies.”


Photo courtesy of MyBayKitchen.com
Photo courtesy of MyBayKitchen.com

London, Great Britain (The Adobo Chronicles) – In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named ‘selfie’ as the word of the year. A self photograph taken with a mobile device, selfie became an international buzz word earning it an official spot in the English dictionary.

With just five months remaining in the 2014 calendar, Oxford Dictionaries just announced that it has included a new word this year: selfood.

A noun defined as a photograph taken of one’s food and posted on social media, selfood has tremendously grown in popularity and is expected to break the record of selfies. (A person who takes the food photo is called selfoodie).

In home kitchens and restaurants, in 5-star hotels and mobile food trucks, people have become addicted to taking pictures of food right before digging their fork or chopsticks into the edible work of art served before them.

It is estimated that 49 percent of photos posted on social media are those of food. Search engine companies like Google and Yahoo have expressed confidence that by the end of 2014, selfood will take over selfie as the most common activity on the Internet. And the most popular word for that matter.

So, let’s go take a selfie. But first, let’s take a selfood.


imageLondon, Great Britain – Oxford University has just announced the newest additions to the world’s largest dictionary in English.

Technology and the Interet are as popular as ever in providing new words, from lock screen and headcam to cyberespionage. Cyberespionage came about as a result of recently-revealed practices by the U.S. National Security Administration (NSA) to spy on phone conversations and Internet communications among governments and private citizens.

Astrology’s newest word contribution is protoplanet, defined as a small celestial object that is the size of a moon or a bit bigger.  Astronomers believe that these objects form during the creation of a solar system.

Food coma, another addition to the Oxford Dictionaries, is the feeling of listlessness, bordering on sleep, that one feels after eating a large meal, often caused by a rush of blood to the stomach and intestines during food digestion.

But the most popular yet controversial word addition is ‘selfitis,’ the obsessive-compulsive urge to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media.  Earlier this month, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story regarding the American Psychiatric Association officially classifying selfie-taking as a mental disorder.

Last year, Oxford Dictionaries named ‘selfie’ as their 2013 word of the year.  Will ‘selfitis’ be the word for 2014?