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Recent Examples of selfie from the Web
The function was demonstrated onstage, with the presenter using it to quickly take a selfie with the audience.
Arrive one hour before showtime for a pre-show party to meet the cast, take selfies and play games.
The Swiss couple from Lausanne told police the men were heckling and stalking them and insisting on taking selfies with Droz.
Those attending the cremation were instructed not to wear hats or raise umbrellas as the cortege passed, and certainly not to lower the tone by taking selfies.
One executive, unprompted, said bankers would be taking selfies to put in pitch books for future business in Saudi Arabia.
People take selfies in front of a portrait of former leader Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square on Monday.
Off to the side, African nuns in powder-blue habits took selfies in front of a statue of St. Clare, an acolyte of St. Francis.
And in July, she was seen taking selfies with Kendall Jenner and Alexa Chung.
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Did You Know?
The first-known appearance of selfie in written form occurred in 2002 on an Australian news website, but the word didn't see much use until 2012. By November 2013, selfie was appearing frequently enough in print and electronic media that the Oxford English Dictionary chose the word as its Word of the Year. This announcement itself led to a significant increase in the use of the word by news organizations, an increase that was further boosted following the December 10, 2013, memorial service for Nelson Mandela, at which American President Barack Obama was caught taking a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The word selfie, with its suggestions of self-centeredness and self-involvement, was particularly popular with critics who saw this moment as a reflection of the President's character.
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