By Julia Williams
It’s funny how new words seem to burst upon the scene and suddenly they’re everywhere. Case in point: the one-handed self-portrait everyone now calls a “selfie.” It’s been used so often lately that the Oxford Dictionary named selfie as their 2013 Word of the Year. The selection was big news nationwide, and gave the late-night talk show hosts some fresh comedic material. Conan O’Brien joked that “The Oxford Dictionary has named selfie the word of the year, narrowly beating out twerk. In a related story, the funeral for the English language is this Saturday.”
Interestingly, there’s no clear evidence of the word’s origin. It was initially reported that an Australian named Nathan Hope was the first to use selfie, in a 2002 forum post, but he later refuted that. Regardless of where the word originated, it seems certain that selfie is here to stay. And it was only a matter of time before our pets embraced the trend. Don’t believe me? Just Google “pet selfies” and you’ll see.
Pet seflies are popping up by the thousands on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and such. There is even a Pet Selfies page on Facebook (well yeah…of course there is). There’s also a Cat Selfie app that purports to help your feline with their self-snapped portraits. You put your iPhone or Ipad on the floor and a bouncing “flaming laser” appears on the screen for your cat to chase. Cat Selfie takes a photo every time the cat touches the screen. Curiously, there is no corresponding Dog Selfie app. However, that doesn’t seem to be stopping canines from getting in on the pet selfie craze.
Below are just a few of my favorite pet selfies.
The “Is There Food on My Nose Again?” Selfie – by Misko
The “Budoir Photo” Selfie – by Noel Zia Lee
“Rocking the Cone of Shame” Selfie – by andersbknudsen
“Extreme Close Up” Selfie – by Tina Sherwood Imaging
“Photobomber” Selfie – by Rocky Williams
The “Say Cheese” Selfie – by Joshua Ganderson
“High on Catnip” Selfie – by Umberto Salvagnin
The “Don’t Mess with My Bone” Selfie – by Greg Westfall
The “I Am Lion, Hear Me Roar” Selfie – by Steve Hardy
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