The Oxford English Dictionary now approves of internet-inspired abbreviations. OMG "Oh, my god," LOL "Laughing out loud," BFF "Best friends forever" and IMHO "In my humble opinion" have been added to the authoritative reference book's most recent online update.
They are among the 900 new words added to the dictionary this week. OED's principal editor for new words, Graeme Diamond, the online terms have been added because they have crossed over into everyday use.
Editors publish updates to the online Oxford every three months.
The new update also includes:
- "muffin top," ''a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers."
- "heart" as a verb, a casual equivalent of "to love" that is represented with a symbol, as seen on millions of souvenirs proclaiming "I (heart) New York." Read the full article.