Oxford English Dictionary Adds OMG And LOL In 2011 Edition

42781174_7aae7bb0dc_zMark Brown at Wired reports:

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced the latest batch of words and phrases deemed worthy of etymological conservation. From the encyclopedia’s just-released 2011 edition, you’ll see cream crackered, wag and tinfoil hat, as well as internet-era initialisms like LOL and OMG.

They help to say more in media where there is a limit to a number of characters one may use in a single message,” says principal editor Graeme Diamond on the dictionary’s website. With the rise of concise text messages and 140-character tweets, sometimes less is more. But there’s more to OMG and LOL than just textbox frugality, though, explains Diamond.

“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.”

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  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    OMG LOL WTF

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    OMG LOL WTF

  • Haystack

    Doubleplusgood!

    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” –Syme, 1984.

  • Haystack

    Doubleplusgood!

    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” –Syme, 1984.

    • Andrew

      What words did they eliminate?

      • Haystack

        It’s more that the words they added reflect our everyday communication becoming less fluent.

      • j87soccer

        they took out gullible

    • justagirl

      doubleplusungood. fucker.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        LOLOLOLOL !!

  • Andrew

    What words did they eliminate?

  • justagirl

    doubleplusungood. fucker.

  • Bud Bundy

    How long until people are saying these “words” out loud, without a trace of irony?

  • Bud Bundy

    How long until people are saying these “words” out loud, without a trace of irony?

    • dirtyjohnny

      as if irony helped anything these days. the irony just shows the world you know better, but baah in chorus.

  • Anonymous

    LOLOLOLOL !!

  • dirtyjohnny

    These things are just verbal ticks of some sort. They are rarely used to express what they actually mean. Nobody is actually laughing out loud. They remind me of “filler” words such as “like” and “um”.
    Every generation seems compelled to harbor disdain for their little siblings. I find these expressions obnoxious and intellect-corroding, but probably no more so than their Gen-X counterparts.
    Perhaps they disturb us more deeply due to their digital origins? I’m more than a shade Luddite myself, but I find it artificial to single out this sort of expression. The central trap of techno-rhetoric is treating new platforms as actually all that new. You have to really buy into the marketing to praise or deplore social networking as something more than “party-line meets yearbook meets open mic night.” This stuff may give the GDP a nudge or two, but it’s historical myopia to privilege it’s importance above xerox machines and walkie-talkies. After all, couldn’t we be discussing the groundbreaking ramifications of ass-xeroxing in the office place just as easily as sexting or the etiquette of status updates?
    xmfao -xeroxing my fucking ass off! lick the ’tain’t, kiddies!

  • dirtyjohnny

    These things are just verbal ticks of some sort. They are rarely used to express what they actually mean. Nobody is actually laughing out loud. They remind me of “filler” words such as “like” and “um”.
    Every generation seems compelled to harbor disdain for their little siblings. I find these expressions obnoxious and intellect-corroding, but probably no more so than their Gen-X counterparts.
    Perhaps they disturb us more deeply due to their digital origins? I’m more than a shade Luddite myself, but I find it artificial to single out this sort of expression. The central trap of techno-rhetoric is treating new platforms as actually all that new. You have to really buy into the marketing to praise or deplore social networking as something more than “party-line meets yearbook meets open mic night.” This stuff may give the GDP a nudge or two, but it’s historical myopia to privilege it’s importance above xerox machines and walkie-talkies. After all, couldn’t we be discussing the groundbreaking ramifications of ass-xeroxing in the office place just as easily as sexting or the etiquette of status updates?
    xmfao -xeroxing my fucking ass off! lick the ’tain’t, kiddies!

  • dirtyjohnny

    as if irony helped anything these days. the irony just shows the world you know better, but baah in chorus.

  • Haystack

    It’s more that the words they added reflect our everyday communication becoming less fluent.

  • j87soccer

    they took out gullible

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