Plinky.com asked me how I define the word 'friend'.
There are these wonderful collections of knowledge called libraries. A few years ago, in an exciting development, many of these books were taken 'online' to an enormous global data store called the 'internet'.
One such book that was digitized and enhanced was the 'dictionary', which contained etymology, pronunciation, meaning and use of all words in the language in question.
[many young writers tried to learn a new word each day by reading such books]
I love making up new words, however it's very hard to define a word that exists. When I need a definition, I go to the dictionary.
And so, from http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/friend …
friend (plural friends)
1. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
2. A boyfriend or girlfriend.
3. An associate who provides assistance.
The Automobile Association is every motorist’s friend.
The police is every law abiding citizen’s friend.
4. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
a friend of a friend
5. A person who backs something.
I’m not a friend of cheap wine.
6. (informal) An object or idea that can be used for good.
Google is your friend.
7. (colloquial, ironic, used only in the vocative) Used as a form of address when warning someone.
You’d better watch it, friend.
8. (computing, programming) In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.
to friend (third-person singular simple present friends, present participle friending, simple past and past participle friended)
1. (obsolete) To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.
2. To add a person to a list of friends on one's social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.
[Tomorrow's prompt: 'Spell the word "Aardvark", and why do you think that?']
Now… Can anyone help me remove my tongue from my cheek?