Oxford English Dictionary welcomes LOL, OMG, and FYI

OED LOLWe already saw the likes of “bloggable” and “sexting” make it into the Oxford English Dictionaries (OED), and now beloved Web and SMS acronyms “OMG,” “FYI,” and “LOL” will join this lofty lexicon. The phrases have been entered into the online edition’s initialisms category, and OED explains that they are “strongly associated with the language of electronic communications.”

And just to make things abundantly clear, the statement about the new entries notes that these three letter terms “are quicker to type than the full forms” and are useful in the digital arena when there’s a character limit.

Our vocabulary is quickly evolving along with the saturation of mobile Web and ever-present social applications. Communication has changed and so has our word choice, an easy enough concept to grab ahold of. But crazier still is the fact the “to heart” is also being introduced into the OED. Yes – the graphic. Check out OED’s list of new additions for a full look at just how much the digital world is affecting vocabulary.

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