Oxford's word of the year: 'Unfriend'
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?