I always like to look at the “new words” list that Oxford Dictionary puts out each year. It’s usually somewhat nerdy and well, that’s me.
Word of the Year – unfriend
Is unfriend Word of the Year material? I dunno, perhaps. I’ve heard the word used before, it’s a Facebook thing, but I don’t know anyone who ever says it. Maybe that’s just me though.
Other Word of the Year runners up:
hashtag – This is way nerdy. I bet most people who use Twitter – origin of this usage – don’t even know this is called a hashtag, they just do it.
intexticated – This is stupid. No one uses this word. Nor should they.
netbook – I’m kind of surprised this wasn’t a word yet. I figure younger folk and nerdy types have heard of this word.
paywall – This isn’t a word yet either? How long as the Wall Street Journal had their paywall up? Hasn’t it been years now?
sexting – This word is funny and I have used it. Though, solely for the purpose of making fun of people. I am too old to sext. I’m also married now, so that makes sense.
freemium – Eh. I’ve heard it used so I guess that makes it ok. Definitely the best word in the Economy words group.
funemployed – Stupid.
zombie bank – Very stupid.
Ardi – How is this a word? You’re seriously going to tell me that people having a conversation really say this? As if people are talking and someone says “Man, I say Ardipithecus ramidus too much. ” “Hey, I know, let’s just call ’em Ardi for short.” Yeah, no.
birther – This is definitely a word that’s come up in today’s lexicon. Synonymous with crazy moron that you should ignore.
choice mom – No one says this.
death panel – Thanks Sarah Palin!
teabagger – Ha ha ha. See birther.
brown state – This sounds like a turd. Do not say this.
green state – I’ve heard of lots of stuff called green-something. I guess green state is ok.
ecotown – No one says this either.
deleb – Uh, what? Who comes up with these words?
tramp stamp – The best word on here. Should have been Word of the Year. And this is the first year it’s been introduced? Dude, people have said tramp stamp for years. Ah, college.
Via PC World Business Center.