Yes, believe it or not “unfriend” is a real word! Oxford dictionary have announced it as their word of 2009. The definition of the verb is just as you’d expect: “To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.” Several other tech and social media centric word choices were considered, including hashtag, sexting, freemium, and paywall.
This isn’t the first time dictionary makers have tried to jump on the social media buzz. Collins dictionary added “Twitter” to their dictionary this year and listed “Facebook” as word of the year back in 2007.
Their choice has sparked many disputes as people argue that the word should be “defriend” rather than “unfriend”.