DETROIT — "Selfie" was named word of the year by Oxford Dictionary, but isn't getting any love from Michigan's Lake Superior State University.
The word that became popular to describe taking a picture of yourself with a smart phone was the runaway winner in Lake Superior State University's 39th annual list of words people wish would just go away.
The list, released each year on New Year's Eve, is compiled from nominations sent to the university throughout the year. It dates to Dec. 31, 1975, when former university public relations director Bill Rabe and his colleagues cooked up the idea to banish overused words and phrases from the language. They issued the first list on New Year's Day 1976.
Through the years, Lake Superior State has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which is closing in on its 1,000th banishment.
This year's list of seven words was culled from more than 2,000 nominations on the university's website, spokesman Thomas Pink said. Several dozen of those were for selfie.
"People have taken pictures of themselves for almost as long as Samuel Eastman's company made film and cameras. Suddenly, with the advent of smart phones, snapping a 'pic' of one's own image has acquired a vastly overused term that seems to pop up on almost every form of social media available to us," wrote two men from Coventry, Conn., and North Andover, Mass., in their nomination, according to a news release from the school.
"A self-snapped picture need not have a name all its own beyond 'photograph.' It may only be a matter of time before photos of one's self and a friend will become 'dualies.' LSSU has an almost self-imposed duty to carry out this banishment now."
Marissa Randall, 53, of Novi, Mich., likes that selfie topped the list.
"Isn't it just a picture?" she said Monday afternoon. "My kids were telling me they had taken some selfies and put them online, and I had no idea what they were talking about. I felt really old then."
Eric Coles, 22, of Ann Arbor, Mich., said he doesn't have a problem with the word.
"That's what it is — a picture of yourself," he said. "I don't like any word being used out of its right context — like when people are talking and say 'hashtag itscoldout' or something. Use it on Twitter, but not talking with me."
This year's nominations were received mostly through the university's website,www.lssu.edu/banished. Editors of the list — officially called Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness — consider pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics and more. A committee made a final cut in late December.
Other words on this year's list include:
• Any word ending in -ageddon
• Fan base
Last year's list included words/phrases such as fiscal cliff, double down, YOLO (you only live once), bucket list and spoiler alert.