It seems that the Oxford English Dictionary is placing the internet abbreviations OMG, BFF, IMHO, and LOL into their dictionary. What caught my attention was this line from the Associated Press:
Dictionary compilers said that although the terms are associated with modern electronic communications, some are surprisingly old. The first confirmed use of “OMG” was in a letter in 1917.
“Things people think are new words normally have a longer history,” Graeme Diamond, the dictionary’s principal editor for new words, said Friday.
“Who knows how many people from 1917 onwards were using that term, in correspondence that we just don’t have access to. With the advent of the mass media we have access to much more personal information.”
I wonder how long it will take for these ‘words’ to be included in a Scrabble dictionary.