“Twitter” has just been declared as the word of the year (2009).
The Oxford English Dictionary North America has added “unfriend” to the lexicon.
This comes in a year when the debate about the future of the hyphen reached a “peak.”
Do we see a pattern here? The dumbing down of our society?
By the way, both “Twitter”–a proper noun and “unfriend” verb, are tied to social networking sites and society’s obsession with them.
I admit, I have a Twitter account, which I rarely use. I have a Myspace account, which I rarely use, and I have a Facebook account, which I shut down once before starting it up again, and now I just rarely use it, too.
Welcome to social networking madness.
By the way, the most practical word ever is “up.” It’s used as a dummy variable or an emphasizer. ie. sit up, look up, fed up, etc.