No doubt inspired by the unfriending frenzy brought on by people thoughtlessly friending others on Facebook, the term “unfriend” has just been coined the 2009 Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary.

Other words which were up for the prestigious award were sexting (sending sexual photos via cellphone), funemployment (doing stupid stuff while unemployed), hashtag (from Twitter), and deleb (a dead celebrity).

Deleb is a new one. Never heard or read anybody using that one. I think Oxford Dictionary made that one up themselves.