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FYI: OMG And LOL Are Now In the Dictionary, TMI?

by Emily Price | March 24, 2011March 24, 2011 1:55 pm PDT

lolOMG, FYI, and LOL have now been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. While not words in the traditional sense, the abbreviations have been added to a special portion of the dictionary that deals with initialisms, “abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression.” IMHO, BFF, and TMI had already made it into the dictionary.

In adding the abbreviations, the OED made some interesting observations about their origins: “our first quotation for OMG is from a personal letter from 1917; the letters LOL had a previous life, starting in 1960, denoting an elderly woman (or ‘little old lady’; see LOL n./1); and the entry for FYI [FYI phr., adj., and n.], for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.”

What do you think about the addition of OMG, LOL, and FYI. Do they deserve a place in the dictionary?


Emily Price

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