Wow! Who knew ‘teabagger’ was runner up for word of the year?

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Not I, at least until I found The Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential‘s link to my post about the New American Tea Party.

Awwww! Beltway Confidential is finding her blog colleagues all shy and bashful for not noting earlier this week that “teabagger” was among the runners-up for this year’s New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2009 Word of the Year.

And yes, the publisher notes — they included the word as a reference to those who protest President Obama’s fiscal policies. What were you thinking?

But you are dying to know: What was the word of the year?

Unfriend.

We feel that one. Having been unfriended with fuming alacrity several times over the past year on Facebook, it does seem like unfriend is an appropriate choice. Some other also-rans: …

And no, I don’t have a tramp stamp.