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WTF?: Oxford English Dictionary Adds LOL, OMG, FYI

The Oxford English Dictionary will now include LOL, OMG, and FYI, a sign of the internet and texting’s effect on language.

Interestingly enough, the OED acknowledge the irony most of us use with such abbreviations, saying on their site, “The intention is usually to signal an informal, gossipy mode of expression, and perhaps parody the level of unreflective enthusiasm or overstatement that can sometimes appear in online discourse, while at the same time marking oneself as an ‘insider’ au fait with the forms of expression associated with the latest technology.” That “latest technology” at the end does sound a bit pedantic, but the rest pretty accurately describes my use of LOL.

Slightly more revolutionary is the addition of the ♥. Yes, the heart symbol is now included, and is the very first graphic symbol with a definition. Another addition is “muffin top”, with the delicious definition reading, “A protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.” A hilarious definition for a tragic fashion occurrence.

The latest edition of the dictionary revises more than 1,900 entries and includes plenty of new words, according to the OED’s site. Check out the rest of the additions here.

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