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.