Oxford's word of the year? 'Unfriend'
The ubiquitous Digital Age insult, brought into the mainstream with the rise of Facebook, is the dictionary's top term of 2009.
Perhaps in a sign of how the plague of social media has numbed us all to the value of legitimate human connections, the New Oxford American Dictionary has picked the verb "unfriend," or "to remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook," as its 2009 Word of the Year.
At the very least, it's a testament to the ubiquity of Facebook, which now has well over.
Facebook itself takes the process of "friending" and "unfriending" very seriously. It oncebecause it encouraged players to amass huge friends lists (good heavens! they're polluting the social graph!), to get a free cheeseburger ("Friendship is strong, but the Whopper is stronger"), and .
Last year's Oxford word of the year was the decidedly less mainstream "hypermiling."
A correction was made at 9:25 a.m. PT on November 21. It was players of PackRat, not PackRat itself, that were threatened with account suspension.