Facebook term “unfriend” added to New Oxford American dictionary

Nov19 2009
Tech Digest news — Gerald Lynch

And so end hopes of an online literary renaissance…


If you’ve ever suffered the crushing heartbreak of being cast asunder by an online pal, you’re probably pretty familiar with the term “unfriend”.Well, it look as though even the internet-phobic are set to become accustomed to the phrase, as “unfriend” enters next year’s edition of the New Oxford American dictionary.

The term, which originated on social-networking sites such as Facebook beat “sexting”, “intexticated”, “netbook”, “funemployed”, “hashtag”, “paywall” and “greenstate” for the title of Word of the Year.

According to a senior lexicographer, the term has (we kid you not) “lex appeal”…



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