WTF? OMG! New Words added to Oxford Dictionary
This is really going to upset the purists.
Modern terms like OMG, LOL and FYI have officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, which, if you are not familiar, is like the Bible for Words.
The dictionary noted that the initialisms, common language in text messages and online chats, were finally ready for inclusion,
“Of course in such a context initialisms are quicker to type than the full forms, and (in the case of text messages, or Twitter, for example) they help to say more in media where there is a limit to a number of characters one may use in a single message.”
And in case you wanted the history of the terms…
“OMG is from a personal letter from 1917; the letters LOL had a previous life, starting in 1960, denoting an elderly woman [as 'little old lady'] and the entry for FYI, for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.”
There you have it! Your English teacher can’t bash your Internet lingo now!
A_KiD_NaMeD_CLaY on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Involving? I think the whole ‘dropping of I.Q.’ thing only applies to you! Ha jk I needed a laugh but you are right entirely.
Who the hell reads the dictionary though?
MikeyOats on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm
What’s the worse that could happen? -_-
BradleyBOMB on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 11:45 am
I’ll only stand for this if they add **** you to the dictionary as well. A wonderful pair of words so simple but timelessly relevant. Surely needs to be included?
BI_punkrock on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 11:17 am
I’m a fan of real words. :/
CatMontague on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:52 am
That’s just… Dx
The-Cat-In-The-Hat on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:42 am
In that case, I’d like to add the term “tramp stamp” to the dictionary, so that children will know what to call women with a tattoo on their lower back. Ha.
DayyummZac on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:26 am
English language is slowly going down hill. With everyone speaking ‘IM’ and writing words as acronym, it just confuses people who dont know what them mean, so i guess its alright to put them on. Like what the guy said before me, they’ll drop it when it everyone get bored using it.^^^
hipsterhilter on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:13 am
Language is constantly involving and seeing as we are living in a digital age where the internet and computers become more and more fundamental to our lives, I think it is quite right to include these intialisms and I honestly do not see how this has “globally lowered the I.Q. of the American people.” or anyone in the world. It is simply reflective of the age we live in. I think it is important to add these words in, only dropping them once the English language evolves to the point where they are no longer in usage.
ErinLikesEmos on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:56 am
I think you all are taking it too seriously… me, personally, I was psyched that “muffin-top” was added to the dictionary. Now our children will know what to call excess body fat in too-tight pants is called
mizzoubby on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:34 am
Its called being LAZY – whats so hard about typing out Oh My God or What The F… “wtf” is NOT a word and therefore should not be added into the dictionary. Pretty soon all books will be written with “letters” not words. I will most likely mark out these “words” in the dictionary when I have children who are in school….