You probably don’t know the name Nathan Hope, but you regularly use a word he pioneered: Selfie. People around the globe use it to describe the process of intentionally posing for and taking a picture of themselves while holding the camera (either with an extended arm or with a selfie stick). You’ve only been saying that for a few years. It’s so new that my ancient version of Microsoft Word wants me to think it’s misspelled.
It Had To Come From Somewhere
It’s believed that the term “selfie” was first used in Australia in 2002, and it came into full acknowledgement in 2013 when the Oxford Dictionary incorporated it into its lexicon. Here’s the back story, from www.thedailmail.com:
Lexicographer Mark Gwynn, from the National Dictionary Centre, revealed that ‘selfie’ is believed to have first been used by Australian man Nathan Hope, who shared an image of his busted lip in a forum post in 2002.
‘Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps,’ Mr Hope had written. ‘I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.’
So there you go. It had to come from somewhere!
Your Personal Selfie
I wish I had written down the line I heard from a television commercial recently, but it was something like this: “If you know who you are, you’ll know where you can go.” That’s what’s behind this blog series, “Selfie: The Remarkable Payoff for Knowing Who You Are”. You’ll see what a difference it makes to have an increasingly clear picture of yourself.
Next time: Self-Awareness. I’d like to say more, but, like Nathan Hope, I’m biting my lip.