‘OMG,’ ‘LOL’ & ‘Muffin Top’ Added To Oxford English Dictionary
Expressions that you might find in a text from a teenage girl have officially become recognized by one of the curators of the modern English language.
The Oxford English Dictionary has added a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Common phrases such as OMG, LOL, FYI, and many others have been added to the dictionary. Despite these initialisms making writing a lot quicker, some of these sayings are found outside of electronic contexts, in print, and even in spoken use.
The large usage represents the evolution of technology, and the language of the younger generations. However, don’t think that these phrases are simply just for the young people. OED’s research has revealed some unexpected historical perspectives: the 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’); and the entry for FYI for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.
Check out more abbreviations and words that have officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, below:
Lashed - (adj) drunk, intoxicated.
Scrunchy – (adj) of a wrinkled or ruffled appearance
State-run – (adj) operated or managed by the government of a country
Tragic – (noun) a boring or socially inept person, especially a person who pursues a solitary interest with obsessive dedication
Tinfoil hat – (noun) used with allusion to the belief that such a hat made of metal foil will protect the wearer from mind control or surveillance
Storming – (adj) great, excellent, marvellous
Tasty – (adj) violent, good at fighting
Wags – (noun, plural) wives and girlfriends of a group of professional football players, typically characterised as having a high media profile and a glamorous or extravagant lifestyle; (in extended use) the wives and girlfriends of any group of men, esp. celebrities or sportsmen. Also in singular.
Yuck factor – (noun) a feeling of horror, revulsion, or disgust generated by an idea, action or situation.
Muffin Top- (Noun) refers, denoting in its first sense the top portion of such a muffin, or sometimes a muffin cooked in a special shallow tin so that it consists exclusively of this top part, without the soggy bottom whose relative undesirability once inspired an episode of Seinfeld.