Saturday, March 26, 2011

OMG, LOL has added to Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has included OMG (Oh My God), LOL (Laugh Out Loud) and ♥ (to love) as "real words worthy of etymological recording," reports The Huffington Post.

In a recent statement, the OED said "OMG" and "LOL" are "found outside of electronic contexts... where there often seems to be a bit more than simple abbreviation going on."

They added, "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."

The OED also said that they found their first quotation for OMG from a 1917 personal letter and that LOL dates back to 1960, meaning "little old lady" at the time.

As for ♥, the OED said it may be "the first English usage to develop via the medium of t-shirts and bumper stickers," reports The Huffington Post. It has "gone on to live an existence in more traditional genres of literature as a colloquial synonym for 'to love.'"
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