This week, it’s time to deal with your “too much stuff” situation. Each day this week, find ten things you can get rid of. It can be legitimate trash, broken stuff, clothes that are unwearable, near-empty bottles of stuff that can be used up, whatever. The point is to find ten extra things every day and get them recycled, donated, or thrown out.
I needed this. My closets are at capacity many items I don’t use anymore.
What makes a selfie a selfie?
I wrote an article for Lexicon Valley about extended uses of the word selfie:
We typically think of a selfie as a photo taken by and of oneself, whether in a mirror or by holding a camera out at arm’s length, hence the name. But here’s a recent anecdote from Language Log
suggesting that some people are extending it more figuratively:
In front of the window of a candy store in Peebles, a small town about an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh, an elderly American woman approached a gentleman she didn’t know and, holding out a cell phone, asked:
"Would you please take a selfie of my friend and I in front of this window?"
She was not aware that she had approached a linguist.
Are art museums full of Renaissance selfies for you, even if Henry VIII didn’t paint his own self-portrait? Or have you only encountered the more limited uses of selfie?
Apparently, pictures taken in photobooths can also be referred to as selfies, at least according to this CBC article:
The portraits were all likely taken in a Photomatic Photobooth, a contraption invented in the 1920s that remained popular throughout the 1940s that allowed people to take some of the earliest selfies.
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