FYI, The OED Says LOL & OMG Are Real Words

Nicole Fabian-Weber
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dictionaryWhat is happening to the world? First, Jersey Shore on the SATs? Now "OMG" is in the dictionary?! The future is here, people, and it's looking kind of wacky!

This month's update of the Oxford English Dictionary Online has boasted a whole new slew of interesting words to its roster. And they're, like, totally modern. Some new words lexicographers have added (so what if I just wanted to use the word "lexicographer") are: OMG, LOL, and (as in "to heart").

The comedians experts at Oxford Dictionaries Online say that the abbreviations added are "noteworthy" and are even "found outside of electronic contexts" at times. You know, like, when instead of laughing at a joke your friend tells you, you just say "LOL."

Well, if you're saying WTF about these new additions, I have news for you -- there's more! After the jump, check out some the surprising -- and kind of ridiculous -- words and phrases that have been added to the dictionary.

  • Bromance: A close and non-sexual relationship between two men. Thanks, Barney from How I Met Your Mother! (Yes, he started that.)
  • Nom-nom: Used to express pleasure at eating. Okay, to me, this is the most ridiculous one of all. Seriously, dictionary writers? Nom-nom? Nobody really does that!
  • Tanorexia: An obsessive desire to acquire and maintain a suntan, by natural or artificial methods. I ... but ... who ... no comment.
  • Buttload: A large number or amount. Or as in: There's a buttload of insane new words in the dictionary.
  • Sexting: The sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone. Fine, whatever, guys.
  • Light-bulb Moment: A moment of sudden realization, enlightenment, or inspiration. Yes, this is actually in the dictionary. And, no, the writers did not have one of these while writing it.

What do you think of all the new words in the dictionary?

 

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