A Kit Eaton selfie. Bazinga!
Addy Dugdale's shoe-selfie

Addy notes she is posing with her big cat, a la selfies from the Arabian Peninsula.

Anjali Mullany promises this is her breakfast selfie

Addy notes she is posing with her big cat, a la selfies from the Arabian Peninsula.

Meet editor Jess Hullinger via her selfie

Addy notes she is posing with her big cat, a la selfies from the Arabian Peninsula.

Writer Pranav Dixit swears he never takes selfies

Addy notes she is posing with her big cat, a la selfies from the Arabian Peninsula.

Writer Neal Ungerleider and a moose. Yup, a moose.

Addy notes she is posing with her big cat, a la selfies from the Arabian Peninsula.

Musician and copy editor par excellence David Penick

Addy notes she is posing with her big cat, a la selfies from the Arabian Peninsula.

Editor, writer Mac Montandon and his lovable family monster

Addy notes she is posing with her big cat, a la selfies from the Arabian Peninsula.

Fast Company's phabulous photo editor Joel Arbaje

Joel is actually engaged in an amazing selfie-a-day project. Check it out here.

Editorial Intern Miles Kohrman, and some chap with an iPhone

Joel is actually engaged in an amazing selfie-a-day project. Check it out here.

And The Word Of The Year Is... "Selfie"

Narcissism? Too hard to spell. Selfie? Just right.

Oxford Dictionaries, the famous brand that claims to publish "the world's most trusted dictionaries" and comes from the undeniably prestigious Oxford University, has named its word of the year for 2013. It's "selfie."

Yup. The act of holding one's phone up at arm's length to snap a picture of oneself, all the while desperately hoping one's chin doesn't look too fat, has spread so far and wide around the world that the custodian of the Queen's English has rewarded its name with famous status.

Of course, we've all taken one or many, and there have been famous selfies, naughty selfies, space selfies, selfies on Mars by space rovers, Miley's controversial selfies, and Rihanna's "selfies," which she uses as a sort of PR push on Instagram, even if it's not actually her pressing the shutter on many of them. We see the point Oxford Dictionaries is making.

It's a bit of a shame, though. Maybe it would've been nicer if a more wholesome word was representative of 2013. Something like "hobnob" or "transom" or "cogitative." Still, that's social media for you.

In honor of the event, here are your favorite Fast Company folk caught in the act!

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  • Adrienne Sheares

    "Selfie" has taken our culture by storm. If you have news reports about Sasha + Malia doing a selfie at inauguration, it's going to catch on. I don't think it's a shame, it just is what it is.

  • Suleman Ali

    I think 'selfie' is a cool word. The selfie is about us, and it's important to start there. We photo ourselves because we don't need permission, and we can experiment as we wish. I'm sure the fashion for selfies will move one, and we'll take what's learned to other activities