Alright…what?! The last thing I would have ever expected to happen would be this.
Recently, the Oxford English Dictionary added some new additions: “OMG”, “LOL” and the symbol for “heart”.
My question is, why did they do it? What do “OMG” and “LOL” mean? According to a blog post by OED:
“The intention is usually to signal an informal, gossipy mode of expression, and perhaps parody the level of unreflective 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.”
Touché, Oxford English Dictionary, touché. Also despite popular belief, the use of “OMG” has been dated all the way back to 1917, and in 1916 “LOL” didn’t mean “laugh out loud”, but rather, “little old lady” (LOL!). What do these new additions mean for social media and professional publications? Is it now acceptable to use “LOL”, “OMG” and the “hearts” symbol is documents and e-mails? I can only hope not. Maybe it’s just me, but in my opinion it looks messy and juvenile.
So, what’s next? the word “crunk”? “swagger”? Or perhaps a word from my favorite television show ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, “jabroni”. Hmm, only time will tell.