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'OMG' and 'LOL' among new words in Oxford dictionary

The newest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary Online is out, proof that text messages are becoming more mainstream.

March 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The newest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary Online is out.

The dictionary has revised more than 1,900 entries, and some of the new words are shorthand terms in the digital world, including "OMG" - short for "Oh my God" or "Oh my gosh."

Other Internet-inspired expressions given the stamp of approval include LOL, "laugh out loud"; IMHO, "in my humble opinion"; and BFF, "best friends forever."

Dictionary compilers said that although the terms are associated with modern electronic communications, some are surprisingly old. The first confirmed use of "OMG" was in a letter in 1917.

And for those who prefer using fully spelled out words, there is the addition of "muffin top," defined as "a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers."

The dictionary also includes a new entry for "heart" as a verb, a casual equivalent of "to love" that is represented with a symbol, as seen on millions of souvenirs proclaiming "I (heart) New York."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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