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Dear Oxford Dictionaries. Your facts are bad and you should feel bad.

This month sees a new addition to the Oxford Dictionaries. The word friend zone has been added to the dictionary. According to the website of Oxford Dictionaries, friend zone means:

a situation in which a platonic relationship exists between two people, one of whom has an undeclared romantic or sexual interest in the other

Let’s look at that end part again:- “one of whom has an undeclared romantic or sexual interest in the other”. That’s simply not correct. Mostly the friend zone is where you HAVE told the person that you have a romantic or sexual interest in them, and that has led them to the “I just want to be friends” talk. Usually, this is followed by the person who doesn’t return the romantic or sexual feelings turning them into a boy/girlfriend in that they’ll drag the person around shops or whatever and take advantage of those romantic or sexual feelings.

I’m guessing the people at Oxford Dictionaries are the sort of people who wouldn’t approach someone of the other sex for anything other than professional things, and therefore will not have any experience or friends with experience in this stuff. They probably shouldn’t be writing definitions of this stuff.

For the record, a better definition would be:

a situation in which a platonic relationship exists between two people, one of whom has a romantic or sexual interest in the other which is not mutual.

 

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