Unfriend v. – “To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”
There’s your 2009 Oxford word of the year. I like it. It certainly has slipped into my vocabulary and when I use the word, unfriend, everyone know what I mean. It is certainly a better choice than it’s twitter-related fellow finalist, “hashtag” or the political “birther”. I mean really… Who knew that was a way of describing someone who doesn’t believe Obama was born in the US? Also, according to Oxford lexicographer Christine Lindberg, the word has “real lex appeal”… Whatever that means.
One question has been raised in regards to whether the correct word is unfriend or defriend. I believe Oxford nailed this one. The word is unfriend. Sure you can say defriend, if you’d like. But keep in mind you’re wrong if you do. And now, that’s official.