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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Currently Editor in Chief of Campaign US, former writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, Columbia Magazine, Redbook, The New York Observer, Wired, the New York Post and others. I write about media, science, culture, lifestyle and tech. Every so often, I post my writing here. It's pronounced Kwen'-kwah. Contact: Doug [dot] Quenqua [@]


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