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Oxford's word of the year: 'Unfriend'

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The New Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year for 2009 is unfriend, which they define as “verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”

Huh. I feel like “unfollow” is the more common term, but maybe that’s because I’m more of a Twitter/Tumblr person than a Facebook/MySpace one. (Perhaps this is the new Myers-Briggs? Yes?) According to the dictionary’s blog, other terms that were under consideration include hashtag, sexting, funemployed, and birther. Again, why am I alone on preferring “texxxting” to “sexting”? Mine is so much catchier!

In any case, congratulations to unfriend. Would you have picked something else, PopWatchers?