Why "Unfriend" Is 2009 Word of the Year
The New Oxford American Dictionary’s recently-chosen word of the year for 2009 – “Unfriend” – basically refers to the act of deleting a “friend” in your social network account, such as Facebook.
Among the other nominees are: Netbook, Paywall, Birther, and my favorite – Sexting.
Why “Unfriend” won?
Christine Lindberg, senior lexicographer for the Oxford Dictionary Program in the
“Unfriend has real lex appeal. It has both currency and potential longevity. 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.”