Oxford Dictionary unveils 2009 'Word of the Year'

November 17, 2009 10:44:33 AM PST
The new Oxford American Dictionary has unveiled its "Word of the Year" for 2009.

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The word is "unfriend," as in, "To remove someone as a friend on a social networking site such as Facebook."

Editors say they chose the word because it is so common online and because it has the potential to be in use for a long time.

Some of the runners-up were "death panel," "net book," and two terms related to text messaging, "sexting" and "intexticated," which is used to describe drivers who are distracted because they are texting.

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