Apparently (and I use “apparently” in the broadest sense of the word) the New Oxford American Dictionary has chosen its 2009 Word of the Year. Yeah, I know, I’m really pepped too.
Hopefully it will be a big improvement on the 2009 Swedish Christmas Present of the year, which turned out to be this thing:
So, anyway, the winning word was “unfriend”, a wonderful word that has been keeping us all in a simmering state of anxiety over the last few years. Here is a full definition and lengthy discussion of this word for the Faceless among you when have not heard of the concept.
Read the whole thing, if you wish to hear a “professional” tell it. Or you can just stay here and listen to me rehash it and take some of the credit, which I think you’ll agree is more fun, at least for me.
So, some other new words of note:
- “Intexticated” – to be distracted by sending a text while driving
- “Deleb” – a dead celebrity
- “Tramp stamp” – a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman
And I can see, given the crappy competition, that it was a pretty easy win. Am I right or am I right?