OMG, LOL Added to Oxford English Dictionary


Not to be outdone by the Associated Press Style Guide, which recently (finally!) changed the spelling of the abbreviated form of electronic mail from “e-mail” to “email”, the Oxford English Dictionary Online has just released its own updated batch of web era neologisms.

Among the newly recognized terms are:

1. OMG, defined as “expressing astonishment, excitement, embarrassment, etc.: ‘oh my God’”

Use it in a sentence:

“OMG, I can’t believe you haven’t heard about Rebecca Black yet!”

2. LOL, defined as “’ha ha!’; used to draw attention to a joke or humorous statement, or to express amusement.”

Use it in a sentence:

“LOL, you were right – I love the Rebecca Black video!”

3. “<3” as in “to heart” (v.) something or someone.

Use it in a sentence:

“I <3 the new Oxford English Dictionary updates!”

Perhaps more shocking than the fact that the OED chose to include these terms in its new online edition is that it also cites some surprising historical uses of both OMG and LOL.

The first recorded usage of OMG is from a 1917 letter in which the writer uses the abbreviation in much the same gossipy tone we would use it today. LOL was first used in the 1960s, but back then it was an initialism for “little old lady.”

Sadly, there’s no word yet on when we can expect to see the inclusions of “FTW”, “IRL”, or “ROFL”


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