The New Oxford American Dictionary recently announced their word of the year for 2009.

Crowned by the New Oxford American Dictionary as Word of the Year, “unfriend” is attributed to the Facebook frenzy of people impulsively adding (and then deleting) friends. Burger King even created their own spin on “unfriending” this year with the “Whopper Sacrifice“. Other new additions under consideration included “intexicated” (distracted from texting while driving), “freemium“, and “funemployed. The list highlights today’s modern world of social media, eco-awareness, Obama, celebrity obsessions, and popular culture. The lone word representing scientific discovery was “Ardi” the oldest known human skeleton, uncovered in the 1990s but announced in October of this year. If you’re curious about what other words were in the running for Word of the Year, check out the full list here.

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