It’s prone to cause drama in the online world.
And, according to the New Oxford American Dictionary, it’s the word of the year.
“Unfriend” beat out a tech-heavy field that included “netbook,” “hashtag” … to take the annual honor.
“It has both currency and potential longevity,” said Christine Lindberg, a language researcher for Oxford’s U.S. dictionary program. “In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year.”
Oxford defines “unfriend,” a verb, thusly: “To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”