OMG, LOL Added to the Dictionary

25 Mar

It’s official: OMG and LOL are no longer just time-saving shorthands. They’re real English.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the stalwart bastion on proper language, has embraced the tech world and added several abbreviations to its new online edition.

Those include OMG (Oh my god), LOL (laughing out loud), TMI (too much information), FYI (for your information) and BFF (best friends forever).

The OED explained the decision extensively in an online statement and pointed out many of these are strongly associated with the language of electronic commications.

“Initialisms” as they call them, are faster to type (as in texts and tweets) and, crucially, “help to say more in media where there is a limit to a number of characters one may use in a single message.”

What other “initialisms” do you think will be added next by OED? IDK (I don’t know)? NVM (never mind)? How about the letters r (are), u (you), n (and) d (the)?


Posted by on 03/25/2011 in Global News


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4 responses to “OMG, LOL Added to the Dictionary

  1. BaldEagle

    03/25/2011 at 6:04 pm

    Huh! WTF! R they ok (RTOK)? Is this how we r going to talk now (ITHWRGTTN)? Uh-ohhh, that’s a problem for me.

  2. Chloe

    03/25/2011 at 7:20 pm

    4 real? IDK wat 2 say.

  3. Mama Mia

    03/26/2011 at 10:34 pm

    So how are we supposed to teach our young kids how to talk and write?

  4. Sam

    03/27/2011 at 4:57 pm

    So we basically condone people’s laziness. Not just that, more and more people will be poor in spelling.


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