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Texting Abbreviations Now In The Dictionary

Oh my God! Now I can find OMG in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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It seems several abbreviations used online and in texting have made the approval of the OED. According to a story from AP, “the first confirmed use of “OMG” was in a letter in 1917.” So obviously this is nothing new, or you could say something old is new again.

Some of the other accepted abbreviations are BFF (best friends forever), IMHO (in my humble opinion), and LOL (laugh out loud). Also added to the new dictionary are about 900 new words and meanings like “muffin top.” Check out this definition- “a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.”

Another allowable entry is a  “heart” as a verb, an equivalent of “to love” that is represented with a symbol, and as seen on a lot of souvenirs proclaiming “I (heart) New York.”

This will help some of us “old schoolers” who are still learning some of those newer abbreviations. If there isn’t an app for that, maybe there should be. They could call it the “Abb App.” How many other abbreviations do you think should be added to the dictionary? Be nice, it’s a FFWS-“Family Friendly Website.”

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