No, I’m not being weird with the headline, The Oxford English Dictionary added some very common internet slang terms to the dictionary. These terms include “LOL,” “OMG” and the symbol for heart “<3” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary Online, which comes out today, it revises more than 1,900 definitions and has added even more word to the dictionary.

The Oxford English Dictionary is recognizing the changing times and language that is used commonly today and giving it an official definition.

So, how does the Oxford English Dictionary define these words?

Some of these—such as OMG [OMG int. (and n.) and adj.]: ‘Oh my God’ (or sometimes ‘gosh’, ‘goodness’, etc.) and LOL [LOL int. and n./2]: ‘laughing out loud’—are strongly associated with the language of electronic communications (email, texting, social networks, blogs, and so on). They join other entries of this sort: IMHO (‘in my humble opinion’) [IMHO at I n./1], TMI (‘too much information’) [TMI at T n.], and BFF (‘best friends forever’) [BFF at B n.], among others.

The most interesting thing about the new additions is the heart sign, as the post states, “This update may be the first English usage to develop via the medium of T-shirts and bumper-stickers.” This is the first true word that doesn’t mean anything as a word but as a symbol made up of words.

This is going to be a fun new edition of the dictionary that you can LOL with your friends about, maybe say OMG at a couple new funky words or just <3 the best words in there.

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