FYI: the Oxford English Dictionary adds FYI, LOL and More

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has added a set of acronyms from text message speak into its compendium of the English language. WTF?

Among the new inclusions are LOL, OMG, and FYI. With those additions, we can now freely toss those terms around anywhere we like.

The OED calls these "initialisms." As much as these terms are associated with SMS messages or IM, the OED found some interesting information during its research:
As such usage indicates, many people would consider these recent coinages, from the last 10 or 20 years, and associate them with a younger generation conversant with all forms of digital communications. As is often the case, OED’s research has revealed some unexpected historical perspectives: our first quotation for OMG is from a personal letter from 1917; the letters LOL had a previous life, starting in 1960, denoting an elderly woman (or ‘little old lady’; see LOL n./1); and the entry for FYI [FYI phr., adj., and n.], for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.
Though we might consider the OED's move into technology-based terms as somewhat slow, it's not as though these are the first such terms to enter its database. In February of 2011, for example, the OED added “bloggable,” “scareware,” “cyberbullying,” “sexting,” “clickjacking,” and “feature phone."

Check out the latest update from the OED for their full list of additions.
DScheive 3 years ago

OMFG i was LMFAO when i read this :D finally its legit when i talk like this :D not to use then in professional documents :P lol

dammonritter 3 years ago

I don't even know what to say about that... about 50 different arguments popped into my head from education to workplace communication. Well I guess I will just say we are SOL. I'm going to sit back on a lawn chair with a beer in one hand and binoculars in the other watching the US literacy rate go down like a sinking ship.

rapid1 3 years ago

Yeah, but if it is in the dictionary it is part of literacy is it not, ROFL! I don't know really how a letter sequence (IE: LOL etc) which is really a one letter recognition codex can be in a dictionary. One thing is it can change in a week what those letter words are so LOL could be light on lemons rather than laugh out loud, and that could be widely accepted, but the dictionary would say the wrong current definition. Because of that I think it is kind of dumb to put it in a dictionary.

jonation 3 years ago

I hope this doesn't make these words legal in documents and papers in the professional and educational fields.

dammonritter 3 years ago

It would be part of being literate if it is used in the correct context. When used in professional paper such as college essays it is unacceptable. This has been lectured many times in my college experience and has become a problem. My most recent history professor stated that the use of any texting terms would cause you to fail the class, and believe me he held true to that. My recitation shrank from 28 to about 15 after the first paper, while it is likely that not all of them where due to text lingo I am sure it was a decent portion. I would place literacy and competence in the same boat. I would make acception to writting a paper regarding initialism as it would then be germane to the topic, so I would still say we are SOL so long as people find this to be an acceptable for of communication outside of the realm in which it belongs i.e., cell phones, social websites, etc.

OSunday 3 years ago

FYI I understand, but OMG and LOL are more of Meme's and something that belongs on urban dictionary alone.

FYI can at least be used in a professional setting appropriately haha

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