“Unfriend”…

…is the New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2009 Word of the Year.   The term “unfriend”, a verb, means to remove someone as a friend on a social networking Web site such as Facebook.  (read more here…)
Oxford lexicographer Christine Lindberg says unfriend has “real lex appeal.”  (ugh….  there is no such thing as a good pun…)
Admittedly, I think it’s just really interesting to see how language evolves over time…
Apparently, finalists for 2009 also included:
 – netbook, which is a small laptop
 – sexting, which is sending sexually explicit texts and pictures by cell phone
 – birther, a conspiracy theorist claiming that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States
 – tramp stamp, a tattoo (usually on a woman) on the lower back

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