Posted by: Tony Carson | 17 November, 2009

New word for ‘piss-off’

My goodness, how mean-spirited have we become? The New Oxford English Dictionary has chosen the un-word ‘unfriend’ as the word of the year. Unfriend! As in you are no longer my …

Yahoo Tech has the story:


What word sums up 2009? How about unfriend?

That’s the New Oxford American Dictionary‘s 2009 Word of the Year. It means to remove someone as a friend on a social networking Web site such as Facebook.

Each year Oxford University Press tracks how the English languageis changing and chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year.

Oxford lexicographer Christine Lindberg says unfriend has “real lex appeal.”

Finalists for 2009 also included netbook, which is a small laptop, and sexting, which is sending sexually explicit texts and pictures by cell phone.

My choice, outofafghanistan has failed to win for the 8th consecutive year.


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