WNW: 2009 Word of the Year
Each year, The New Oxford American Dictionary picks a new word that has become a part of the lexicon and declares it the word of the year.
Past popular words of the year you might recognize include:
2005: truthiness (a word invented and popularized by Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report)
2003: metrosexual (my husband's not, thank goodness)
2000: chad (memories of that election are enough to make us all have horrid flashbacks, right?)
1999: Y2K (if you're too young to remember this one, be glad)
1996: soccer mom (I wasn't then. I am now.)
And so on.
The word of the year selected for 2009:
I love it.
Generally speaking, "un" is added to adjectives to make them negative (unacceptable, unhappy, uncertain) and to some verbs to reverse them (unwind, undo, unpack).
Which means that unfriend implies that friend is a verb. The fun thing is that in today's world of social networking, friend has become a verb. We friend people on Facebook and other platforms, and therefore when we decide to drop them from our list of friends, we unfriend them.
But here's the part the word nerd part of me find completely fascinating.
In the OED, there's an entry for friend that's already a verb. It's obscure, and it's rare, but it's there. And as late as the 1800s, there are a few quotes that use friend as a verb, not in the computer sense that we do, of course, but in this sense in an unidentified quote from 1867:
"That germ of kindness . . . outlives my doom, and friends me in the pit of fire."
If you live in southern Utah County, listen up!
A new urgent care clinic is opening its doors TODAY in Spanish Fork called Express Med. And today it's giving out FREE PIZZA. It's run by my amazing sister-in-law, who has won more awards that you can count and is a doctor of nursing. (They have those, did you know?!) She's flipping amazing. You'll want to check it out, I promise.
Express Med is at 415 North Main, Spanish Fork.