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'Selfie' is the international word of the year, so here are our selfies of the year

Papal selfies, astronaut selfies, Obama selfies… they’re all here.

LAST WEEK IT was ’404′ and ‘fail’, this week it’s ‘selfie’.

The word for a self-portrait (preferably taken with a smartphone) has been named Word of the Year by the Oxford University Press, having burst from the confines of Instagram and Twitter into the mainstream.

It was even added to the Irish language dictionary as ‘féinphic’.

‘Twerk’, ‘binge-watching’ and ‘bitcoin’ were on the Oxford editors’ shortlist for word of the year, but the humble selfie beat them all.

According to The Guardian the word was first used by an Australian blogger in 2002.

Here are our favourite selfies so far this year…

Astronaut selfie

Posted on Twitter by ISS dweller Luca Parmitano, with the message “this sure beats any selfie I’ve done up to now”.


Selfie with the Pope

Pope Francis jumped in for this selfie with some Italian pilgirms at St Peter’s Basilica back in August.

Hils and Mels

Okay so this one was taken last December, but it deserves an honorary inclusion.

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Bo and Michelle

The first lady took this selfie with the Obama’s dog Bo back in August.

bo Source: @FLOTUS

Selfie with the lads

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of The United Arab Emirates Anwar Mohammad Gargash, left, takes a selfie with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, aka The Lads.

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Selfie with a teacher in labour

selfie-teacher-465x500 Source: @SpideyNikka

Most dangerous selfie ever

Sun Sports reporter Kelly Nash just about avoided getting a clatter of a home run ball at Fenway Park while taking this selfie in April.

selfiebaseball4-390x285 Source: Kelly Nash via Instagram

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