AP PHOTOS: 'Selfie' is declared word of the year

November 19, 2013 - 2:05 PM
Selfies Photo Gallery

FILE - In this file photo Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 released Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 by Miss Deborah Arcelli and taken on a mobile phone by her son Riccardo, second from left, Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican. "Selfie" the smartphone self-portrait has been declared word of the year for 2013 by Britain's Oxford University Press. (AP Photo/Riccardo Aguiari, File)

Smartphone self-portraits are now so prevalent that Britain's Oxford University Press has crowned "selfie," the name the public has given them, as the word the year for 2013.

"Selfies" are especially popular with fans who want an arm's length close-up of them standing cheek to cheek with their idols.

Here is a gallery of "selfies" from around the world.

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