Oxford Word of the Year 2009: Unfriend

In defiance of “unfriending” I suggest listening to this while reading:

I WIll Follow (Live) – U2


Oxford Word of the Year 2009: Unfriend

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Birds are singing, the sun is shining and I am joyful first thing in the morning without caffeine. Why you ask? Because it is Word of the Year time (or WOTY as we refer to it around the office).  Every year the New Oxford American Dictionary prepares for the holidays by making its biggest announcement of the year.  This announcement is usually applauded by some and derided by others and the ongoing conversation it sparks is always a lot of fun, so I encourage you to let us know what you think in the comments.

Without further ado, the 2009 Word of the Year is: unfriend.

unfriend – verb – 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.”

“It has both currency and potential longevity,” notes Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary program. “In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year. Most “un-” prefixed words are adjectives (unacceptable, unpleasant), and there are certainly some familiar “un-” verbs (uncap, unpack), but “unfriend” is different from the norm. It assumes a verb sense of “friend” that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!). Unfriend has real lex-appeal.”

Wondering what other new words were considered for the New Oxford American Dictionary 2009 Word of the Year?  Check out the list below.

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4th and Long for McCain: Is Obama’s Day Here at Last?

As far as I’m concerned, if McCain calls in sick to tonight’s debate, he may as well forfeit the election. Clearly not fit to serve. I invite any and all arguments to the contrary. Here’s a samplling from the mighty blogosphere:

Kristol: McCain’s Choice
Dionne: The Photo McCain Wanted
Krugman: Demolition accomplished
Spike Lee: ‘Punk Move’
Mark Kleiman: Tick-tock on a train wreck
Slate: First Palin, Then Campaign Suspension. What Now?
Starting Gate: Five Questions For Tonight’s Debate
faboo mama: Timeline of Another McCain Publicity Stunt

In late-breaking news, the McCain campaign says that — hey, hey! — the GOPs candidate for disaster president will make it at last! Never mind the drama, ol’ McSame still really does want to be president. McCain / Obama Debate @ Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi 9 p.m. EDT on nine networks. If you’ll be watching online, I recommend C-Span and Twitter’s new Election microsite.

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