Good News, Reddit: 'Friend Zone' Gets Added to the Oxford Dictionaries

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Remember back in 2012 when we thought that the world might be ending at the end of the year? O! Such simpler and more optimistic times those were! Sadly, however, things didn't go the Mayans way and the human race continues to plod into 2013, living and breathing and fighting and loving and legitimizing stupid words like "friend zone" in the Oxford Dictionaries.

Yes, good news for all you mouth breathing, cry baby internet commenters out there whose inability to get girls to like you is not your fault — the Oxford Dictionaries has added "friend zone" — along with other internet-y words like "GIF," "tweetable" and "dumphone" — to their official lexicon.

Here's the definition so that you know how to use it properly on your PUA message boards:

n. informal. a situation in which a platonic relationship exists between two people, one of whom has an undeclared romantic or sexual interest in the other: I always wind up in the friend zone, watching them pursue other guys


Well, that settles it. It's time we hold a pillow to the face of the English language and let it go the way of Latin. It's the only humane thing to do. Meanwhile, I will be communicating with you all through Nell talk. INNA CHICKA CHICKA PAYYYY.

Welp, ‘Friend Zone' Added to Oxford Dictionaries [BlackBook]
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I think some people here misunderstand the phrase. I've never heard it used in any other context other than, "I have a huge crush on this girl, but I never made a move, and now she only sees me as a friend." That's it. It's not a slam against women, it's not about men "deserving" anything... it's a tongue-in-cheek expression for liking someone who doesn't like you back "in that way." Are there men who possibly use it more, eh, antagonistically? Sure. But those guys are piling their own baggage on a truly innocuous word.