Oxford English Dictionary adds OMG, LOL, and BFF to its pages. WTF?

OMG, PopWatch BFFs. Big news! The Oxford English Dictionary has added online-speak into its respectable pages: OMG, LOL, BFF, and IMHO are four of 900 new words that have been added to the OED. (Among the other expressions added is muffin top, which is lucky enough to boast the most hilariously polite of definitions: “A protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.” Nice use of ideophone with protuberance, OED!)

IMHO, the OED should tread carefully. After all, it’s only a matter of time before they honor every horrendous misspelling from Sarah Palin’s Twitter (Oh, wait, the Oxford American Dictionary already did that) and add an entirely separate section of every word in the dictionary in caps, thanks to Kanye. The OED can’t be 400,000 pages long, guys! Of course, in a few years there will be no such thing as books and we’ll all have chips in our brains and sex-robot-butlers and the No. 1 movie will be Ass and oh my god our world is slowly becoming Idiocracy, so it really doesn’t matter, right?

Excited about this development, PopWatchers? Or not at all surprised? It’s not entirely unexpected. The OED likes to keep up with the times… and it clearly is a fan of acronyms, being the OED. But are you ROFL in glee hearing this news, or PYIEOBTARONSWCIFTAFBF? (That’s Poking Your Eyes Out Because Tweens Are Ruling Our Nation, So Where Can I Find The Antidote For Bieber Fever? It has yet to catch on. One day.) Also, remember A/S/L? Ah, chat rooms.

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  • Autumn

    I’m not thrilled by this development. It’s scary how true Idiocracy is. I think a better idea would be sticking to acronym dictionaries for OMG and LOL.

    • ks

      I know right?

  • Erin

    What is “Where’s can”? Proofreading is a wonderful thing.

    • Joe

      This is probably a typo, but in colloquial speech I often hear “wheres”. Also, in Little Shop of Horrors at one point one of the doowop girls says, “wheres can he find you.”

  • Vinny

    That is so sad. It just goes to show how close we are to a world of total simpletons and morons who can’t take the time to spell out easy words. If any of you have read 1984, which I’m sure that people who use terms such as BFF and LOL haven’t, the book predicts a future language that simplifies vocabulary and grammar. That’s a total disgrace.

  • Melly

    WTF indeed.

  • Dorothea Bartha

    I was a proofreader and listen carefully. I am aghast at the level to which our language has fallen and is still on the way down. Please teach your children proper English

    • Chris


  • Tomi

    These are already words that real people use. Why should anyone be offended that they’ve made it to the dictionary? People have been bemoaning the deterioration of English for hundreds of years, and despite a lot of changes, I think we’re doing ok.

  • WebMindset

    WTF?! Actually, these acronyms have found their way into the common vernacular that it’s no surprise.

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