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This article was published on November 19, 2009


    “Unfriend” declared the word of the year

    “Unfriend” declared the word of the year
    Aleksandra Biolik
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    Aleksandra Biolik

    I am tech (gadget related) and web enthusiast, based in Warsaw. Other interests include tea, design, green technology and capoeira. To find I am tech (gadget related) and web enthusiast, based in Warsaw. Other interests include tea, design, green technology and capoeira. To find out more about me try LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Posterous. Interesuję się technologią (a tak naprawdę gadżetami) i Internetem. Poza tym kręci mnie herbata, design, "zielone technologie" oraz capoeira. Więcej na mój temat znajdziesz w GoldenLIne, na Blipie i/lub Posterous.

    Every year the New Oxford American Dictionary makes a special announcement to declare the word of the year.

    The 2009 word of the year is social media related. It is “unfriend”.

    As the OUP blog explains “unfriend” means “to remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook”.

    Funny, isn’t it. Especially when you think how everyone is crazy about followers count, number of friends, etc.

    Other words considered this year include hashtag, netbook, fremium and my personal favorite “intexticated – distracted because texting on a cellphone while driving a vehicle”.