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Friday, Oct 28, 2016

Dictionary's word of the year: unfriend

NEW YORK - 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 language is 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.