1) Selfie: After being named the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries, the word selfie has been used as a mainstream term rather than just a social media niche. A selfie is a picture that someone takes of themselves, usually with a smartphone or webcam. Samsung has stated that 30 percent of photos taken by people between the ages of 18 and 24 consist of selfies. Popular facial expressions include puckered lips (also known as the duck face), the serious model expression (sometimes dubbed as the Zoolander look - inspired by the movie "Zoolander"), silly faces, or a regular smile. It is said that Ellen DeGeneres took the most popular selfie during the 2014 Oscars as it was viewed over 3.3 billion times.
2) Hashtag: Formerly known as the ‘number sign’ or the ‘pound key’ on a telephone, the word hashtag is primarily used to mark topics or keywords on various social networking sites. To put it simply, it is an easy way for people search different categories. An example of the way the word hashtag is used in in the year 2014 is, “What a great day #happy.” Hashtag is the symbol that looks like this: #.
3) Hipster: Typically men and women in their 20’s and 30’s, a hipster is a person who care about their mainstream status. Also referred to as indie people, hipsters value a unique way of thinking while rejecting culturally-ignorant attitudes. Furthermore, most hipsters have jobs that involve fashion, art or music. All in all, hipsters are people who wish to embrace a lifestyle of indie and vintage cultures.
4) Fail: This word has been around for hundreds of years but most commonly in 2014. This single word is often used as a complete sentence to describe the failure of some endeavor, action, or project. To fail often refers to any item or thing that is not what it is supposed to be, such as a comedian not be funny. People at sporting events often shout “Fail!” after a player makes a bad pass or move.
5) Swag: Swag originates from the Scottish slang word “swagger” which was used to describe the swaying motion that most men walked. In the year 2014 this word has been altered to be an adjective describing the way one presents themselves. Pop music singer Justin Bieber has used the word at the end of sentences in many of his hit songs. Nowadays, people use swag to talk about their clothing, personality, cars, homes and much more. If a person has swag, they are considered to be “cool.”
Pop culture has changed the meaning of these words forever. If you log onto any social media site or have a conversation with any up-to-the-date person, one of these 4 popular English word in 2014 are sure to come up.
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