A selfie is a photograph a person takes of themself.

By this definition, the antonym of selfie must be a photograph of oneself taken by somebody else. In selfie the i can be taken to mean “taken by me (I)”. In that case, in selfue the u would mean “taken by you”.

Is it possible that this word could arise and be used?

  • Maybe but I am not allowed to comment there. I need some 50 points. and also the expectation of author of that question is a photo of somebody else. Ideally it should be the photo of self taken by somebody else. Jan 4, 2015 at 18:57
  • I'd just blog it as an otherie and let gentle readers figure out the meaning for themselves. Jan 4, 2015 at 19:08
  • You would need 50 points to comment there, but why would you want to comment? You want to answer. It's a protected question, so you need 10 points to answer there, which you can gain quickly by answering other questions.
    – TRiG
    Jan 4, 2015 at 19:22
  • About as sensible as pictyou're. Jan 4, 2015 at 19:46
  • I don't think that's a fair comparison, @EdwinAshworth. "Pictyou're" would be bad, but still superior.
    – Jon Hanna
    Jan 4, 2015 at 21:27

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The word selfie does not in any way derive from I. The base word is simply self. The -ie suffix is simply a way to derive one noun from another.

Now, words derived without proper reference to the etymologies of their compounds do exist. Witness, as example, homophobia, which etymologically should mean “fear of self”. However, this works best when people don’t know where the parts come from. And the origin of selfie is quite transparent, so selfue seems, to me, unlikely to take off. Also, opposite words with such similar sounds are rare in English.

Answers in the related question for the antonym of selfie suggest possibilities such as yousie and elsie, deriving from you and else. These might or might not catch on, but they are at least based on something real, which cannot be said for selfue.

And besides, what is the antonym of selfie? A selfie is not simply a photo taken of oneself. Oxford Dictionaries gives,

A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

Similarly, WordSpy finds an early definition of the word which doesn’t even mention taking the photo yourself:

This is, as the kids would say, a “selfie,” a photo taken with the intent to post it to social media sites.
— Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic, September 10, 2012

A photo taken by someone else would probably be called a portrait, which is assumed not to be a portrait of oneself unless it is called a self-portrait.

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