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Selca

noun; blending and clipping
Blend of “self” and “camera”, used to indicate the photo taken with a front facing camera on modern phones. Can refer to the actual front facing camera, but most often used as the photo taken with this camera. This front facing camera facilitates taking pictures of oneself, hence the “self” part of this blend. Somewhat synonymous with the slang word “selfie”.
 
“Hey, let’s take a selca together!” – spoken by a friend, holding her phone in front of our faces “Does your phone have a selca?” – asked by a friend about a somewhat older phone
Etymology : Blend of “self” and “camera”. Self (pronoun) from Proto-Germanic “selbaz”, taken into Old English as “self, seolf” to mean own, same. Camera (noun) used in 1708 to mean “vaulted room” in Latin, shortened from “camera obscura” in Modern Latin, started to mean “device for taking pictures” in early 19th century with the beginning of modern photography. (etymonline.com)
Source : conversation with a friend; 2011
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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