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Opening Arguments

Unhand me, you friend!

The New Oxford American Dictionary has chosen its word of the year for 2009, and, strangely, "Obamessiah" wasn't even on the list:

"Birther " was in the running, so was "death panels," but in the end the New Oxford American Dictionary can only pick one word of the year. For 2009, it's "unfriend," says the Oxford University Press.

Or in New Oxfordspeak: "unfriend