OED WotY FAIL

The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen “unfriend” as its word of the year.

Problem: The term is de-friend, not unfriend. I have de-friended numerous people over the years. Twitter is a different matter — on Twitter you follow, and then when the person starts spouting a bunch of Fox News garbage you unfollow. But on Facebook and MySpace you do not unfriend. You de-friend. Unfriend doesn’t sound at all right.

That was my reaction when I heard of the OED’s pick. It was also Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ reaction. I hear he knows his Facebook lingo pretty well.

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