“Unfriend” is Oxford Dictionary’s Word of 2009, Let’s Rejoice!
Oxford dictionary has paid homage to social media’s lasting power by selecting Unfriend as it’s 2009 word of the year. Every November, Oxford dictionary announces it’s word of the year and it usually coincides with the trend of the year. So with a nod to social media, we have the dark cloud of:
unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.
In my opinion defriend would make a little more sense, but unfriend is the term that stuck–and apparently, will stick for the foreseeable future. Because we all know, what goes in the dictionary, stays in the dictionary. In 2008, the word Tweet lost to the word Locavore so you’d think maybe Retweet would have garnered some enthusiasm this year as Twitter was probably the biggest social media story of the year. But alas, it’s an ode to Facebook and to a generally “unfriendly” word. And to all those Scrabble fans, you now have another option you can start with “U,” take advantage.
To take a look at the runner ups, go here.