March 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm (Comm 2322 PR Connections, Comm 4333 PR connections)

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Is LOL really a word? How about OMG? This may seem silly to even question because we all know what they stand for, however are they truly considered a legitimate word that we need to define?

These acronyms have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary online version as of yesterday. The use of these acronyms (which OED is naming them initialisms) has been the outcome of internet slang which has accumulated over the years of text messaging and instant messaging. Some of the initialisms include BFF (best friends forever), TMI (too much information), POS (parent over shoulder),  LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (oh my God), and FYI (for your information). Oxford English Dictionary has stated that “initialisms are quicker to type than the full forms, and (in the case of text messages, or Twitter, for example) they help to say more in media where there is a limit to a number of characters one may use in a single message.”

What do you think? Is the english language evolving into simple phrases and shallow exclamations? (OMG!) Is this due to the younger generations not reaching for excellency in terms of vocabulary? For the record, I’m not going on a rant about the youth being “dumb”, I’m just stating that there are changes that are taking place that we should be a little worried about. The fact that the Oxford English Dictionary has added these initialisms to their dictionary is a little worrying.


1 Comment

  1. acostadini said,

    That is absolutely crazy! I had no idea that they were adding those words into the dictionary. It is amazing to me that our vocabulary is dumbing down every generation. I can’t imagine how it will be for the generations to come. I completely do not agree with their decision. Thanks for the update Angela!

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