Meanings: OMG, FYI and LOL Enter the OED

March 27, 2011

OMG, FYI, and LOL enter Oxford English Dictionary, foreshadow the apocalypse

By Vlad Savov posted Mar 24th 2011 3:41PM

In an acknowledgement of the internet’s overwhelming influence on the triviality we sometimes refer to as “real life,” the Oxford English Dictionary doyens have decided to add a few of the web’s favorite pronouncements to their lexicon. Among them are the standouts OMG, LOL and FYI, joining their compatriots IMHO and BFF among the proud number of officially sanctioned initialisms (abbreviations contracted to the initials of their words) used in the English language. Shockingly enough, the expression OMG has had its history tracked all the way back to 1917, while LOL used to mean “little old lady” back in the ’60s, and FYI first showed up in corporate lingo in 1941. Not only that, but the heart symbol — not the ❤ emoticon, the actual ♥ graphic — has also made it in. Just so long as Beliebers and fanpires are kept out, there’s still hope for the future. A tiny, twinkling ember of a hope.

source: engadget.com

see also digitallife.today.com

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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