‘Unfriend’ named Word of the Year

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The shirt reads, "Don't make me unFriend you." (Image by unfriend at Cafe Press)

It looks like Facebook is the big winner.

The brains behind the Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year settled on “unfriend” instead of the dozens of competitors that reflect Twitter, a global recession and Barack Obama.

Unfriend is a verb and the Oxford folks use it this way: “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”

I believe “defriend” is also acceptable.

The WOTY had stiff competition. Hashtag, paywall, sexting were close runners up. Hashtag is a Twitter term for popular topics denoted by a # sign, paywalls are one way newspapers can create revenue online and sexting, well, talk to your teenager about that.

Obamaisms continue to dominate the lexicon. Some positive connotations, some negative, they run the gamut from Obamaeur to Obamalicious.

Check out Oxfords explanation here.

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Written by Max Zimbert

November 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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