Selfie was proclaimed Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries Online a month ago (which I blogged on here). Now Collins Online Dictionary has announced its own word of the year, which is geek (see Guardian article here).
Unlike Oxford's word selfie, geek did not burst on the scene in 2013; instead, Collins said that geek was chosen as an example of a word that changes its meaning and thus expands its longevity -- geek was once an insult, but has now been transformed into a badge of honour. It recently changed the definition of geek, from someone preoccupied to computing to someone "who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a specific subject''. Collins has also added the derivatives geekery (defined as "preoccupation with, or great knowledge about, a subject, esp a very specialized one"), geekdom (1 the state of being a geek 2) the world inhabited by geeks, and 3) a collective term for geeks), and geek chic (a fashion style believed to be characteristic of geeks, including the wearing of heavy-rimmed glasses and T-shirts with humorous slogans) to its online dictionary.