OED Adds OMG, LOL

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Wondering what that title meant?

The fad for shorthand has resulted to two acronyms added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

And yes, you guessed it right; OMG and LOL are the two acronyms to become the latest addition to the eminent dictionary.

emdot–Flickr–(CC-BY-NC-ND)This means that these acronyms are no longer just acronyms. They have been elevated to the status of official English words.

According to the OED, OMG stands for “Oh my God”, “Oh my goodness” or “Oh my gosh”. LOL stands for “laughing out loud”.

The OED specifies that those words are linked to the “language of electronic communications”, often manifesting themselves in written communication over the internet. They could also manifest in oral language, the OED says.

Previously, IMHO (in my humble opinion), BFF (best friends forever) and TMI (too much information) were previously added to the list.

According to the OED, LOL, OMG and some other shorthands have acquired meanings unique to them and in contexts which beg for more complex meanings than just abbreviations.

OMG and LOL occur “where there often seems to be a bit more than simple abbreviation going on,” the OED says.

“The intention is usually to signal an informal, gossipy mode of expression, and perhaps parody the level of unreflexive 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 explains.


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