‘Unfriend’ Makes It into the Dictionary

17 11 2009

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, at least 500 of the words and expressions we commonly use today were actually invented by the late great William Shakespeare.  “Fashionable,” “sanctimonious,” “laughing stock,” “eaten out of house and home,” “in a pickle,” “the naked truth,” “method in the madness”– they were all coined by the Bard.

Today, we don’t have a genius playwright to invent fun new words for us, so we have to do it ourselves.  The results? 

“Unfriend” is the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2009 Word of the Year. Check the entry:

unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.

As in, “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”

Other candidates for Oxford Word of the Year include “tramp stamp,” “sexting,” “funemployed” and “intexticated.”  Yea, I just threw up in my mouth a little. 

Friends, commenters– I think we could do a much better job updating the OED than these old British creeps.  I’d like to suggest a few entries myself:

tenderoni – noun – Your significant other; your boo. 

As in, I just got this new tatt for my tenderoni. 

Palinize – verb – To publicly mock an especially uninformed conservative woman for her general incompetence.

As in, Carrie Prejean claims to have been Palinized by the media.

whoopsidaisies – exclamation – Oh no, a minor accident just occurred.

As in, “Whoopsidaisies!  There go my trousers.”

asshat – noun – A person with very few redeemable qualities.

As in, I just wasted three hours of my life haggling with the asshat at the DMV.

poach – noun – Porch.

As in, “We sittin’ on da poach.’

Any other suggestions?  Come on, guys, this is our chance to make history.

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14 responses

17 11 2009
Sara

Pretty much any/everything in urbandictionary.com, including (but not limited to): badonkadonk, glad eye, and jfgi:

jfgi
November 2 word of the day 8454 up, 1574 down
Just Fucking Google it. You say it when somebody asks a stupid question.
Dude #1: hey dude, what does JFGI mean?
Dude #2: Just Fucking Google it yo.
Dude #1: I tried but i couldn’t find anything.
Dude #2: JUST FUCKING GOOGLE IT!
Dude #1: bro. i already tried that. don’t be mean.
Dude #2: bro, you’re an idiot.

17 11 2009
गेब्रियल

sorry, but “TFGI” cannot be a word; it is at best a psuedo-acronym (as acronyms must actually be pronounceable, like SCUBA or LASER.)

18 11 2009
Sara

I have one for you. How about GFY?

17 11 2009
BS

YES to jfgi. I jf hate that shit

17 11 2009
bros

what does intexticated mean?

17 11 2009
गेब्रियल

Eclectricity: n. – the flow of eccentric or eclectic energy emitted by someone “strange”

“Wow, you must have had a very interesting day because I your eclectricity is pumping at an astounding rate!”

Ridankulous: adj. – something that is extraordinarily delicious, sticky and intoxicating.

“DAMMMMNNNNN, yo… That sh!t is RIDANKULOUS–I’m totally gonna pass out in two minutes if that thing gets back over to me.”

Serendipilicous: adj. – alternative of “serendipitous” with a culinary slant

“I totally forgot to melt the chocolate into the cookie batter, but these ‘chocolate chip cookies’ are totally serendipilicous! Go me!”


There are SO many more that I could (and will) come up with, but It’s just too late (here in India.)

17 11 2009
Buckaroux

“Cosby Sweater”:
The sexual act of eating Fruit Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Trix, and Boo Berry- or any other ‘bright, colorful’ breakfast cereals- and then vomitting the tacky, dazzling mixture onto your partners chest. The result should look similar to the incredible sweaters that Bill Cosby wore during his highly successful 1980’s sitcom “The Cosby Show”. [credit: Urban Dictionary]

17 11 2009
B

Facebrag – verb – To use Facebook as a platform to brag. Normally about a job, internship, trip, purchase or anything else that nobody really needs to know but you’d like to tell everyone, because you’re awesome.

Urbandictionary…

17 11 2009
17 11 2009
गेब्रियल

MyFace: n. — a conglomerated reference to the hideously exhibitionistic/voyeuristic “social networking” websites that have infected healthy social interaction over the last decade or so. (credited to HDC)

“Did you see what he put on MyFace? Jerk–I don’t know why I’m friends with him…THAT’S IT–I’M DEFRIENDING HIM! (But I’ll still go out to dinner with him on Saturday; our dates always end up being serendipilicious.”

(What’s with everyone just taking them from Urbandictionary? That’s not very creative. And I’m sorry, JFGI can’t even be pronounced–it doesn’t have enough vowels–how could that be a word? A colloquial phrase perhaps…but are you really going to walk around saying “oh man…j.f.g.i.”??)

18 11 2009
CB

um…that’s UNfriending, not DEfriending. It’s official now.

18 11 2009
गेब्रियल

oh whatever…

18 11 2009
Sara

GFY?

18 11 2009
cledis

Hufus

Noun. A heinous dufus

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