Heart Symbol Latest 'Word' in Oxford Dictionary

'Muffin top,' 'OMG' also added in latest OED edition
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 24, 2011 12:16 PM CDT
The heart symbol is the newest addition to the Oxford English Dictionary.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The latest addition to the Oxford English Dictionary is beyond words. Today’s online update to the definitive work adds a graphic symbol for the first time: a heart, as in “I heart NY.” Listed under the word “heart” and defined as a verb meaning “to love,” the heart is now a part of the English language, the Daily Mail reports.

Other words included in today's update were:

  • Wag, meaning "wives and girlfriends"
  • Muffin Top, which refers to "a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers"
  • Tinfoil Hat, the headgear supposedly worn by conspiracy theorists to protect themselves from mind control
  • Banh mi, the classic Vietnamese sandwich
  • OMG, meaning, of course, "oh my God."

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