Look it up in the OED! (Oxford English Dictionary) and you'll find it has been around for quite a while! The first quotation for OMG is from a personal letter from 1917, according to the dictionary.
The respected British dictionary Oxford English Dictionary is updated annually with new words that are added to the English language. In this year’s update a few more words from the technology world has been added to the dictionary (OED, 2011).
The latest words added in the March edition of the dictionary are as follows:
My interpretation of LOL had always been 'Lots of Love' until i discovered much later on facebook that it was about laughing :o)!
- OMG [OMG int. (and n.) and adj.]: ‘Oh my God’ (or sometimes ‘gosh’, ‘goodness’, etc.)
They join other entries of this sort: IMHO (‘in my humble opinion’) [IMHO at I n./1], TMI (‘too much information’) [TMI at T n.], and BFF (‘best friends forever’) [BFF at B n.], among others.
- LOL [LOL int. and n./2]: ‘laughing out loud’—are strongly associated with the language of electronic communications (email, texting, social networks, blogs, and so on).
But, LOL even had a pre-tech life, starting in 1960, when the letters where short for ‘little old lady’. And in 2009, the word “unfriend” was selected as word of the year. Unfriend is the verb used for deleting a friend on Facebook. (OED, 2011)
|I wonder how long it will take for WTF?!|
OED, Oxford English Dictionary, 2011. Retrieved from http://www.oed.com
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LOL Susi B :o)