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Spanish linguists chose the main word 2014


The main word of the outgoing 2014 Spanish linguists realized selfi (selfi " ). This decision was made by the Fund urgent Spanish Fundeu BBVA, which co-owner is a Spanish news Agency.

" We are not looking for neither the most beautiful nor the most original nor the new word. We want our word of the year, besides that it is associated with modernity, and this means, is widely used in the media, would be of particular linguistic interest or because of word-formation or due to the force of penetration in the language ", - said General Director Fundeu Joaquin Muller (Joaquin Muller).

a year earlier Fundeu recommended instead of the English " selfie " Spanish counterparts - " autofoto " (autophotography) or " autorretrato (self-portrait).

" the Spanish language tremendous opportunities, in addition to creating or selecting alternatives, and only one of them is the adaptation of our spelling system for words borrowed from other languages. The evidence of widespread use of anglicism " selfi " made us think that abandoning our last Council apply autophotography ", it would be good to offer an adapted version of that, also in this case, will not create issues from the standpoint of pronunciation or graphic reproduction, " explained the choice of linguists Muller. So, in the Spanish version is missing the letter " e " on the end of English " selfie ".

in the competition for the word of 2014 took part 13 words, and among them " Ebola ", " Ukrainian ", nomofobia ( " nomophobia ", the fear of losing mobile phone), abdicar ( " abdicate " ), impago ( " failure ", " default " ).


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