OMG! Oxford English Dictionary adds LOL

If you thought English dictionaries adding "D'oh!" — the ever-so-famous catchphrase from pop culture icon Homer Simpson — and "unfriend" in the past was a big deal, or even humorous, you may find yourself LOLing about this one. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has decided to include various Internet instant messaging language terms, or as they call it "noteworthy initialisms," including OMG, FYI, LOL, and even the non-acronymic ♥. They join the ranks of IMHO, TMI, and BFF.

The OED argues that these initialisms are much faster to type than their full forms and help to "say more in a media where there is a limit to a number of characters one may use in a single message," like while texting or on Twitter.

But they also say that these abbreviations have been seen in print and spoken use. In fact, OMG has been recorded all the way back to 1917 from a personal letter, FYI originated in 1941, and LOL started in 1960. Back then, it meant elderly woman, as in "little old lady." And according to the OED's research, the initialisms whether electronically or in print help evoke a "gossipy mode of expression" and can even "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."

The OED defines LOL as an "interjection" or a way to "draw attention to a... humorous statement." OMG as a noun is the expression of "astonishment, excitement, [or] embarrassment" while as an adjective is something that would cause someone to exclaim "oh my God!" And ♥, a verb, is defined as "to heart."

Originally, ♥ got its start in well-known logos like the "I ♥ NY" campaigns, earliest quoted in 1984 as "I heart my dog's head" as a joke about t-shirts and bumper stickers that would feature a heart and an image of a respective dog breed.

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And that's what happens with a really poor language like english #LOL
In 20 years you'll have a really primitive language reduced to a few symbols and a couple letters... /going backwards

ONOES OUR LANGUAGE!!

Honestly, I'm more concerned with the ridiculous things people will argue over. Apparently what software you use is a big deal, along with how you communicate, and whether or not you ended your sentence with a period. In fact, I think I'll leave one out on purpose so I can cause an uproar and my point be completely invalid

I don't see an issue with this. The English language is constantly evolving. I'd say it's the fastest-growing language out there. I consider myself exceptionally fluent in English and I come across words I've never heard of all the time.

I bet you never came across this one: repast. "Breakfast is the most important repast of the day."

Salty Wagyu said,

That guy doesn't look anything remotely like Puff Daddy

The background picture is Biggie Smalls, I'm guessing Diddy made him his BG because the anniversary of his death was just last week or so. The avatar is definitely him (aside from the fact that his account verified!).

I cannot even stand to use LOL, LMAO...and other similar acronyms while typing or texting. Everyone else I know does, but I refuse to. With my own typos and now dumb things like this....just to much.

How could they use a heart symbol instead of "less than three"? That seems very wrong to me. I guess Facebook played a part in that ;_;

Yakuzing said,
How could they use a heart symbol instead of "less than three"? That seems very wrong to me. I guess Facebook played a part in that ;_;
You know, that was my biggest gripe, too XD How do you even do the symbol for the heart!? Craziness. I demand lessthanthree get recognition.

neufuse said,
LOL isn't a word though?
I would argue that if you pronounced it to someone, the person to whom you were speaking would understand what you were saying. Therefore, it is "a unit of language that native speakers can identify," which is the definition of a word.

neufuse said,
LOL isn't a word though?

I've been using lol in my sentences since 2005. If I found something humourous, I would usually say lol and giggle

Tidus4eva said,

I've been using lol in my sentences since 2005. If I found something humourous, I would usually say lol and giggle

That's just bad. LOL

Will the Texas Assesment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) allow it for the essays?? LOL .. btw, does it have to have capitalized? does it matter if it isn't? (i.e. lol)

It makes sense to me. A dictionary's job is to document words when they are frequently used by most in society. That's what Merriam-Webster assert.

Callum said,
It makes sense to me. A dictionary's job is to document words when they are frequently used by most in society. That's what Merriam-Webster assert.
OMG, FYI, LOL are not words.

Jebadiah said,
OMG, FYI, LOL are not words.

Anything can make it into the dictionary if it is used often enough and has a definition. Clearly, the dictionary isn't just for words now.

Pauleh said,
Definitely using LOL in my next report then.

If you consider all words in the Oxford English Dictionary to be suitable for use in a report you need some help, seriously

Ambroos said,

If you consider all words in the Oxford English Dictionary to be suitable for use in a report you need some help, seriously


Why not? It is a official word.

Tidus4eva said,

Wait? What? The advancement of languages happens. You still want to be saying "ugg uggy og"?

+1

People seem to forget that language is about communication.

PaulDr said,
-1 Faith in Humanity

Dictionaries are a modern documentation of English lexis, not rule book of proper English.

Tidus4eva said,

Wait? What? The advancement of languages happens. You still want to be saying "ugg uggy og"?

Please, do explain how LOL and other "web" words have advanced the language of today? Aren't these word's for people with lazy keyboard finger syndrome, where they can't string together a complete sentence that doesn't resemble the caption of a motivational poster?
Eh? (eh is allowed, for making my point)