I saw the story, datelined London, in this morning’s Missoulian and screamed out to my little dog: “OMG!! Noooooooo!!!!”
He did not respond.
Thus this blogpost.
The Oxford English Dictionary on Friday announced the addition of OMG, LOL, BFF and IMHO to its venerable pages. Nine-hundred new words were added to the publication this week, including the Internet shorthand “words.”
But is OMG really a word? Should we be celebrating text-messaging/Internet abbreviations by adding them to the dictionary?
Oxford says yes, as the “words” have “crossed over” into everyday use. Which, of course, is true.
But here’s what I thought was most interesting about the Associated Press story we ran in the newspaper: OMG actually dates back to 1917, when it was used in a letter written by a British admiral.
No kidding. OMG, it’s like, really old-fashioned.