I’m reading The Essays of Montaigne because, well, it’s there. In discussing friendship, ol’ Michel blockquotes Cicero:
Those are only to be reputed friendships that are fortified and confirmed by judgment and length of time.
Yeah, that’s totally not what happens now. If Facebook’s “friend” becomes the dominant definition of the word, we’re going to need a whole other term for what Cicero and Montaigne mean.