The New Oxford American Dictionary is famous for its “Word of the Year”.  Last year “hypermiling” made the number one spot, but this year a word that more of us know beat out contenders such as “funemployed”, “birther” and “ecotown”.  That’s right, “unfriend” is Oxford’s official word of the year.

Most of us know what this means, but the now official definition for unfriending, or to unfriend, is “To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”

Though many use the word “defriend” to refer to removing someone from your friends’ list, it refers more to Facebook than any other social networking cite, so a more broad word was chosen.

It sure is interesting to see tech words being chosen for the dictionary!

Links used: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/11/17/unfriend.word/index.html

http://contemporarylit.about.com/b/2009/11/18/new-oxford-american-dictionarys-word-of-the-year.htm

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