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…

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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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