“Unfriend” – verb – To remove someone as a “friend” on a social networking site such as Facebook.
As in, “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”
“It has both currency and potential longevity,” notes Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary program. “In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year. Most “un-” prefixed words are adjectives (unacceptable, unpleasant), and there are certainly some familiar “un-” verbs (uncap, unpack), but “unfriend” is different from the norm. It assumes a verb sense of “friend” that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!). Unfriend has real lex-appeal.”
(OUP Blog, Oxford University Press USA)
At this age I see no purpose in celebrating own birthdays anymore. Actually there is no real reason at all to celebrate the number of full earth’s evolutions around the sun since one left mother’s uterus, but we desperately need this kind of events to socialize with our surroundings; if I remember how many more sinless rituals fulfill our everyday life I could not imagine what would we actually do in our lives without them 🙂
For my 37th birthday I present you with this cool BBC documentary about our nearest relatives 🙂
Serbian Patriarch Pavle died today after two years of serious illness, at the age of 95. Serbian president proclaimed 3 days of mourning, and stated that “…death of Patriarch Pavle represents irreplaceable loss for Serbia.”
If one death in recent Serbian history can be called “irreplaceable loss” than it is the assassination of prime minster Zoran Djindjic in 2003, and not the death of Gojko Stojcevic, the late Serbian patriarch Pavle. Although modest by nature and respected by many, Patriarch was the man of the past, chief of a repressive nationalist organization called Serbian Church, one of most important supporters of Milosevic’s crime regime and a main guardian of xenophobia and serbian isolationism. One of his better statements was the call to fellow citizens some 10 years ago: “Let us be humans, although we are Serbs!“.
Ex Pope Paulus the Second, the passionate traveller, had only one wish left in his life: to meet with serbian patriarch, but Pavle always avoided it; official explanation of serbian orthodox church was that “…it is not appropriate moment for it yet“. Here I depicted how this meeting may have looked like if it had taken place. Maybe now they finally meet, in that hot and awkward place they call hell. Actually not IN the hell, but on the barbwired fence which separates this solemn institution for eternal tormenting of poor christians souls into a Catholic and Orthodox department.