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Explainer: When is a selfie not a selfie?

IT’S ONLY A SELFIE IF YOU TOOK IT YOURSELF!

South Korea Pope Ahn Young-joon Ahn Young-joon

PEOPLE, THE WORD ‘selfie’ is now in the dictionary, so you have no excuse.

The official definition is:

An image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera.

Let’s examine the most important word here: oneself.

IT’S ONLY A SELFIE IF YOU TOOK IT YOURSELF!

IT’S ONLY A SELFIE IF SOMEONE IN THE PICTURE TOOK THE PICTURE*!

*Although technically a group selfie is an ‘usie’. But that’s a preposterous word. Therefore we will allow the definition of ‘selfie’ to include duo or group photos, but only if the person taking the picture is in the picture

This is a selfie

5xZ490O Imgur Imgur

This is not a selfie

The fuck are you? (not a selfie) Imgur Imgur

This is a selfie

goat @GerryAdamsSF @GerryAdamsSF

This is not a selfie

nota @RobertKessler @RobertKessler

This is a photo of a person (Miguel Angel Jimenez) taking a selfie

Miguel Angel Jimenez Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

This is a photo of a group of people (members of the Ireland Women’s Rugby Squad) taking a group selfie

Vikki McGinn, Jenny Muphy, Niamh Briggs and Lynne Cantwell Dan Sheridan / INPHO Dan Sheridan / INPHO / INPHO

And this is a photo of someone taking a selfie with Enda Kenny

enda1 Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

And here is that selfie

alan-10-500x500 Alan O'Donovan Alan O'Donovan

Got it?

We’re not the only ones perplexed by this apparent wilful refusal to acknowledge a true selfie:

There is a Twitter account called Not a Selfie which appears to have been started with the aim of policing selfie ignorance across the internet.

Disappointingly, it has only lashed out twice.

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We need more people out there, fighting the good fight, spreading the world about what does or doesn’t constitute a selfie.

Are you with us?

Liza Minnelli trying to get into the Oscars selfie is heartbreaking>

Two lads were caught sneaking a selfie at the Miss Bikini Ireland photo shoot in Dublin

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