Can it be the word of the year if only half of those in the know use it? “Unfriended,” undoubtedly ripped from the lexicon of Facebook users worldwide, is this year’s Word of the Year, at least according to the New Oxford English Dictionary. But not according to me.
I’ve been using Facebook for almost three years now, and in that time I’ve only had to sever friendship ties with two people – someone I didn’t like very much in the first place and a musician who would not stop filling my inbox with invites to concerts. But I’ve never “unfriended” anyone. I “defriended” them, and I’m gonna stick to “defriending” no matter what the New Oxford English Dictionary has to say about it.
When you really think about it though, isn’t “unfriending” kind of a morbid pick for Word of the Year? Or isn’t it at least a little strange? Are that many social network users really cutting ties with friends that this has become the word of the year?
Sure, it was one thing to go with “podcasting” in 2005, but “podcasting” was all the rage back then. Can the same be said about “unfriending?” I can’t imagine that to be the case.
Either way, I’m standing firm in my commitment to “defriended” over “unfriended.” Rolls off the tongue much better my way.