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.