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OMG, that muffin top is…in the dictionary

Posted on March 29th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Words & Writing.

Did you guys read that the Oxford English Dictionary’s latest update includes online abbreviations such as OMG, LOL, and IMHO? You can also now find “muffin top” and “heart” (as in, ‘I <3 you’) in the ol’ OED.

My favorite tidbit is this one:

Dictionary compilers said that although the terms are associated with modern electronic communications, some are surprisingly old. The first confirmed use of “OMG” was in a letter in 1917.

1917! OMG, indeed! What do you think of the updates: is our language eroding thanks to all this txting…or just evolving as it always has?

For all you wordsmiths out there, check out WPL’s many dictionaries – ye olde OED, kids’ dictionaries, picture dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and more!

2 comments.

Becky

Comment on March 29th, 2011.

Ack, I just read another article on the updates that mentions the addition of the “five-second rule”! One of my favorite rules!

“And speaking of food, the OED now acknowledges the ten- (or three-, five- etc.) second rule [second n.1 Additions (b)], which allows for the eating of a delicious morsel that has fallen to the floor, provided that it is retrieved within the specified period of time.”

<3

Mickie

Comment on March 30th, 2011.

Wow, Becky did you just heart your comment. Right on. :D

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