It’s facebook official.
This year’s New Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year is ‘unfriend.’
The verb means to “remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”
The definition has both “currency and potential longevity,” according to Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary program
The same dictionary which defined Friend as “one attached to another by affection or esteem” decided to unfriend it.
Just when I had the satisfied look of someone who has enjoyed a full course meal ending with Thayir Sadham , on joining facebook last month, the word mongers come up with this insult. Seriously, is it not enough that all my friends see the tab ” Your friend Shoba does not seem to be well connected. Please suggest some friends” , which is soon to be followed by a tab saying ” Please don’t unfriend Shoba. She has so few friends as it is.” Damn !!
I unfriend Oxford American dictionary. There, my first unfriendliness..
This blogger has also written her perspective of the word.