2009 Word Of The Year: Unfriend

The editors of The New Oxford American Dictionary have announced their 2009 Word of the Year. It was a crowded field. Words under consideration included: zombie bank, death panel and sexting. The winner: unfriend. It means to remove someone as a friend on a social networking Web site such as Facebook.

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The editors of�The Oxford English Dictionary�have announced their 2009 Word of the Year. It was a crowded field. The contestants included: zombie bank, death panel, birther and sexting. The winner is unfriend. If you're using a social networking site somebody can friend you and you can later turn the verb against itself and unfriend them. The word has potential longevity if you want to take the word of a lexicographer.

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