writer and editor

Thank God That’s Settled

Earlier this year, I wrote a story about the etiquette of “unfriending” people on Facebook, for which my editor and I actually had a debate over whether it should be “unfriend” or “de-friend.” I insisted it was the former, which is what we went with. But there were still a lot of people (commenters, actually) who insisted we were wrong. I mean people actually got kind of heated about this. For the record, Facebook had no official preference, and let’s be honest: Both words are pretty dreadful.

Well argue no more, social networking lexicologists. the Oxford University Press today selected “unfriend” as its word of the year. I would just like to go on record as saying that I backed the right pony. In your face, Angry Defriending Crowd.

I’m telling you, folks. Get on the “scoldier” bandwagon now.



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2 Responses

  1. Charles says:

    Commenters aren’t people?

  2. Eh, it’s a gray area 😉

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I'm a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. My work appears primarily in the New York Times, but also Columbia Magazine, Redbook, Fast Company, The Advertiser, The New York Observer, Wired, the New York Post and others. I write about culture, science, media, lifestyle and dogs. When I remember, I post my stuff here. It's pronounced Kwen'-kwah. Contact: Doug [dot] Quenqua [@]


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