martes, 24 de noviembre de 2009

Word of the Year 2009: UNFRIEND

Every year the New Oxford American Dictionary chooses the "Word of the Year", which, like everything else in life, is not usually unanimously accepted: some people applaud the choice, but others don´t.

Word of the Year (WOTY) 2009: unfriend (verb=To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook). The prefix "un-" can be used with verbs (eg, unpack), but it usually goes with adjectives (eg, unhappy); in the case of "unfriend", it goes in front of a noun as we know the word "friend" today but there´s an archaic use of "friend" as a verb.

Choosing the word of the year can´t be easy: languages are alive and that is so true when we consider the number of words we incorporate into our vocabulary each year! Think of other words they considered for the nomination this year: netbook (= a small, portable laptop), ecotown (= a town built and run on eco-friendly principles), sexting (=sending sexually explicit texts or pictures by mobile phone; imitating the word texting=exchanging brief messages between mobile phones)...

Regarding "unfriend", it´s okay to have a word to use when you want to get rid of your friends but let´s not forget how nice it is to be and to make friends and how helpful they can be; Carole King´s song You´ve Got a Friend is about this. This song won a Grammy Award way back in 1971; I like the way she sings it but I´m sure you´ll enjoy McFly´s subtitled version, in English, which I´m not allowed to embed. James Taylor´s version (with subttitles in Spanish here) is also nice. Take your pick!

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