The Oxford English Dictionary has added LOL, OMG, IMHO, BFF and “muffin top” to its illustrious pages. Very helpful for those who worry about getting their FYI’s mixed up with their TMI’s.
In another groundbreaking move, for the first time in its 127-year history the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has added a symbol. A picture of a heart used as a verb meaning “love” has now made the cut (as in I ‘heart’ New York).
“It is remarkable to see how much the environment has changed over the 10 years since the OED first went online,” OED’s chief editor John Simpson said.
As a nod towards Britain’s obesity epidemic, the phrase “muffin top” – meaning the roll of fat that squelches about above a pair of tight trousers – has also been added to the online tome’s 45,436 new definitions.
Want to be sure you get your text-speak right?
Here are some of the new definitions.
LOL laughing (or laugh) out loud.
OMG oh my God!
OMG! If my parents find out they will go mad!
IMHO in my humble opinion.
BFF a person’s best friend.
My BFF’s boyfriend is cheating on her.
FYI for your information.
TMI. too much information (used to indicate that someone has revealed personal information of an embarrassing nature)
Each cough was having a rather disastrous effect on my bladder (sorry, TMI!)
Check it out for yourself: oxforddictionaries.com