Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The 2009 "word of the year"

The envelop please . . . and the winner is:  "unfriend!"  That's according to the publisher of the New Oxford American Dictionary.  "Unfriend" is a verb meaning "to remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook. As in, 'I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.'"

Runners up for "word of the year" include:

Intexticated:  distracted because texting on a cellphone while driving a vehicle.

Sexting:  the sending of sexually explicit texts and pictures by cellphone.

Funemployed: taking advantage of one’s newly unemployed status to have fun or pursue other interests.

Netbook:  a small, very portable laptop computer with limited memory.

Tramp stamp:  a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman.

See the rest of the also-rans for 2009 right here.

Hat tip to Chronicle of Higher Ed.

I am the scholarship dude.



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Isn't the proper term on Facebook "defriend," not "unfriend?"

Posted by: Joseph Bazan | Nov 18, 2009 10:43:44 AM

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