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Old 03-25-2011, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ZoomLike it or not, the way we converse online has a tremendous influence on our language. There is no better proof of this other than the Oxford English Dictionary's inclusion of the "new words" OMG, LOL and FYI. Believe it or not, even the ♥ made it in.

The three letter "initialisms" were added in the March 2011 update to the online dictionary.OMG, LOL and FYI join other entries such as IMHO, TMI and BFF.

The Oxford English Dictionary notes:

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. OMG and LOL are found outside of electronic contexts, however; in print, and even in spoken use (see, for example, the 2003 quotation for LOL int.), where there often seems to be a bit more than simple abbreviation going on. 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.

As such usage indicates, many people would consider these recent coinages, from the last 10 or 20 years, and associate them with a younger generation conversant with all forms of digital communications. As is often the case, OED’s research has revealed some unexpected historical perspectives: our first quotation for OMG is from a personal letter from 1917; the letters LOL had a previous life, starting in 1960, denoting an elderly woman (or ‘little old lady’; see LOL n./1); and the entry for FYI [FYI phr., adj., and n.], for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.

The heart icon made it in too, but it could be some time before <3 joins it.


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Oh no they don't! untill my word list get's accepted I will tipex them out of ever dictionary I find.

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