It's Official: OMG is Now a Word

Don’t look now, but I think my old English grammar teacher is doing somersaults in her grave: No less an authority than the Oxford English Dictionary has declared “OMG” a word, along with two other popular 3-letter abbreviations, “LOL” and “FYI.”

Language purists may scoff at the new additions or even consider them a sure sign of the decline of Western civilization. However, in it’s latest update, the OED notes that both OMG and LOL have jumped out of the confines of electronic screens and are now:

“found outside of electronic contexts, however; in print, and even in spoken use…The intention is usually to signal an informal, gossipy mode of expression, and perhaps parody the level of unreflective enthusiasm or overstatement that can sometimes appear in online discourse, while at the same time marking oneself as an ‘insider’ au fait with the forms of expression associated with the latest technology.”

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