OMFG, I am LMAO. Apparently, the Oxford English Dictionary announced some new additions to its iconic pages this week. A few of the words being taken into the fold: “LOL,” “OMG,” and “♥.” And yes, they are fully aware of the fact that these are not actually words. The OED calls them “initialisms” and explains “there often seems to be a bit more than simple abbreviation going on.” They say the expressions can be an “informal, gossipy mode of expression” or can “parody the level of unreflective enthusiasm or overstatement that can sometimes appear in online discourse.” So highbrow for text talk, no?
Also interesting: apparently, the first use of OMG appeared in a letter in 1917. And LOL goes back to 1960, only then it meant “little old lady.”As for ♥, the dictionary says it “may be the first English usage to develop via the medium of T-shirts and bumper-stickers.”
Oh, but these three new entries are not alone. “Muffin top” and “ego-surfing”—as in, the act of Googling oneself—were also added to the tome this week. Are these additions awesome or ridiculous?