OMG: LOL is now in the dictionary

The dictionary, long considered the final bulwark of the English language, has been overwhelmed by hordes of online teens.

OMG!

OMG!

According to information from publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, a tome I once held in high esteem, LOL is now a word, or at least an “initialism.”  So is OMG and FYI but not ROFL.

The bigwigs at the ”definitive record of the English language” were prepared for my question: Why include teenspeak in the dictionary? Their response: OMG was first coined in 1917.

They have plenty of other excuses, LOL meant Little Old Lady in the 1960s, for instance.

You have to think Samuel Johnson is rolling in his grave, or the editors are in “la-la land,” which is now an official noun referring “either to Los Angeles (in which case its etymology is influenced by the common initialism for that city), or to a state of being out of touch with reality.”

Other new words include “muffin top,” which you may remember from a Seinfeld episode, or the “protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.”

It’s Friday, it’s close to 5 p.m., time to get “lashed” with some other “happy campers” at the Thrashers game.

9 comments Add your comment

Georgia on my Mind

March 25th, 2011
4:17 pm

As an English major, this makes me absolutely sick.

Traffic Headache

March 25th, 2011
5:59 pm

The dictionary may now recognize them but I refuse to. It’s infantile to believe that “leet speak” like OMG and LOL should be acceptable forms of syntax.

brad

March 25th, 2011
7:17 pm

It’s not just teens, you tight-assed old farts. Get a life.

Traffic Headache

March 25th, 2011
8:21 pm

It applies to EVERYONE who uses it, jackass. You get a life.

peppermintz

March 26th, 2011
9:27 am

I think it is great to add anything to a reference book that defines for the general population what the word or term means. Language should be allowed to evolve continually.

Old Geezer

March 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

OMG…y’all need to lighten up and accept that the people who use these terms (LOL, SMH, FML,and more) are some day going to be changing your diapers and wiping the drool off your chin while asking you if you’d like some prunes since you haven’t crapped in a few days, you might want to start learning their language.

BettyLou

March 26th, 2011
1:23 pm

Google this one: BBBJTCNQNS. I’ve learned a lot from reading and laughing at personal ads on craigslist. My own ad is g-rated compared to most of them. I offer to play Scrabble naked, no touching for $50 a game and I do allow LOL and OMG to be played.

Trailblazer

March 26th, 2011
4:30 pm

“…some day going to be changing your diapers and wiping the drool off your chin while asking you if you’d like some prunes since you haven’t crapped in a few days…”

Geezer I was in need of a good LOL today and you delivered it with that line!

shooter

January 31st, 2012
1:26 pm

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