Photobomb is Word Of The Year.
Collins Dictionary 2014 said photobomb was selected from a shortlist of words that have returned to prominence and via online user submissions.
Given the string of high-profile photobombing events in 2014 – from the Queen’s quick thinking at the Commonwealth Games to Jennifer Lawrence’s numerous efforts – the phrase managed to beat out a range of other popular contenders.
Finalists included, hangry (irritable as a result of feeling hungry), Bridezilla (a woman whose behaviour in planning her wedding is described as intolerable), humblebrag (a statement that purports to be self-effacing but in fact reveals a person’s wealth or importance) and Tinder (the popular mobile dating app).
Ellen DeGeneres’ 2014 Oscars selfie takes the cake, with a host of famous celebrities photobombing the picture on the red carpet.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
Here’s the Collins Dictionary definition of photobomb:
(informal) to intrude into the background of a photograph without the subject’s knowledge.
Watch the Collins Dictionary bring words to life in this short, cartoon-inspired video.
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