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to friend, befriend or to unfriend, this is the question

The Word of the Year, according to the New Oxford American Dictionary, is the verb “to unfriend”: “Unfriend: To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”

Making a friend used to be a life-changing experience, it took time, patience, compromise, it was a learning experience for which none of us has time now. We click now. One, two, ten, a hundred friends in a day. But who’s counting… They are all there, in your friends list: kindergarden friends, primary school friends, uni friends, friends of your friends, friends of ex-girlfriends. And you can finally keep a friendly eye on them all. And when you get bored, click “unfriend” and start again, it’s easy game.

 

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November 17, 2009 Posted by | language policy and planning, personal | Leave a comment