“Friend Zone” Is Officially In The Dictionary Now
1:30 pm, March 1st | by Meredith Lepore
This is a pretty bad sign for our culture, but a good day for whomever came up with this term. The phrase “friend zone” was officially added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online this month:
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”
But the real question is, who the heck came up with this? Should we attribute it to that 1994 episode of Friends when Joey stated that Ross was, in fact, Mayor of the Friends Zone when it came to his relationship with Rachel? Or what about the film Just Friends (Ryan Reynold’s greatest work to date) which centers around the question of whether or not people can move out of the Friend Zone? Heck, what about When Harry Met Sally? That film could have been called The Longest Stay In The Friend Zone Ever. Nora Ephron should really get the credit, she just didn’t officially label it.
But my biggest question is, what’s next for new dictionary terms? Frenemies? #YOLO? Shade?