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11.16.13 … If a selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” what is a “humble selfie?” …

Pope Francis, selfies, humble selfie, oxymoron: Isn’t a “humble selfie” an oxymoron? Not if it is Pope Francis!  This one is old (I had left it inadvertently  in my draft bin … but I love it!

Humble selfie󾌸

The selfie has made it all the way to the top. On Wednesday worlds collided when Pope Francis posed with a group of Italian teenagers and got caught in a self-portrait taken with one of the teens’ cellphones. Unfortunately the Pope — known for his outgoing nature and his departures from papal conventions — didn’t capture the selfie himself, and he hasn’t published it on his Twitter feed.

It seems the teenagers, who were part of a group visiting from an Italian diocese, decided a grainy shot from a front-facing cellphone camera would be the best way to photograph their encounter with the pope himself at St. Peter’s Basilica. Thankfully a journalist has published the photo online for us all to be a part of this moment, and a photographer was on hand to record just how the selfie went down. The teenagers’ decision may not have made for the best photo, but it has made it a good week for the humble selfie: the term just made it into the Oxford Dictionaries Online.

via Pope Francis shows up in a selfie | The Verge.

(CNN) – In another precedent-shattering moment for Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, successor of St. Peter and the head of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide has taken what may be the first papal selfie.

via Is this the first papal selfie? – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

The teenagers’ decision may not have made for the best photo, but it has made it a good week for the humble selfie: the term just made it into the Oxford Dictionaries Online.

via Pope Francis shows up in a selfie | The Verge.

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlfi/

(also selfy)

noun (plural selfies)

informal

a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:

occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary

Origin:

early 21st century: from self + -ie

via selfie: definition of selfie in Oxford dictionary (British & World English).


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