Word of the Year: Unfriend


The New Oxford American Dictionary is out with its "Word of the Year" for 2009.

That term? Unfriend, meaning to remove someone from a social media site, such as Facebook.

The New York Times quotes Oxford lexicographer Christine Lindberg as saying unfriend has ''real lex appeal'' for best reflecting the mood of the year.

We here at Daily RFT credit Burger King for the success of the word. The fast-food chain's competition -- earning diners a free Whopper if they "unfriend" 10 people from Facebook -- has to be one of the best social-media promotions to date.

After all, what's more unfriendly than receiving a message that someone you thought was a friend dropped you for a hamburger?