The New Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year is.... UNFRIEND.
That's right, the negation of the verbification of 'friend'. Well, it's not quite as cringe-worthy as some of the runners-up... Teabagger?!?
And previous winners of this honor were Hypermiling (2008)
, Locavore (2007)
, Carbon-Neutral (2006)
and Podcast (2005)
(links include each year's finalists, including frugalista, staycation, bacn, mumblecore, Islamofascism, funner, lifehack and squick). Best comment about the WotY (so far)? "an unreliable yet fascinating barometer of tech"
. But, at risk of over-editorializing, these look more like candidates for the Banished Words List
. Clearly better is the recent list of "A Word a Year, 1906-2006"
from Oxford's website (if only for the invaluable perspective of time).
posted by oneswellfoop
on Nov 17, 2009 -