friend, the verb

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 19 23:48:42 UTC 2008

FWIW, I've twice suffered the indignity of defriendment and have
likewise twice inflicted this indignity upon others.


On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 7:30 PM, Benjamin Zimmer
<bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 5:47 PM, Marc Velasco <marcjvelasco at> wrote:
>> Have we had this on here before?  If so, apologies for a re-post.
>> ESPN columnist:
>> Then again, I won money on the Broncos last week. I wouldn't just slow-clap
>> Ed Hochuli, I'd probably hug him or try _to friend_ him on Facebook.
>> I can't imagine that's the first time it's been used in print, but it's the
>> first time I noticed it.
> It's come up here a few times. In Dec. '04 I apparently thought
> "(de)friend" was already too passe for WOTY consideration:
> In retrospect, it would have made a good candidate. Livejournal and
> Friendster popularized the verb in '03, but it really took off with
> Facebook in '04.
> --Ben Zimmer
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