Today’s text message-sized abbreviations can quickly become tomorrow’s lingua franca. While they were once slang words typed into phones and chat windows by sluggish netizens, the abbrevs, OMG, LOL, and FYI have become legit with, their inclusion in one of the English language’s most respected reference books the Oxford English Dictionary. Announced today:
Graeme Diamond, chief editor of new words for the Oxford dictionary, explained what it takes for a new word to make the grade: “You have to show that the word has been in usage for a decent length of time and, most importantly, that the word is used and understood by a wide audience.”
The Oxford English Dictionary heralds itself as “the last word on words for over a century” — and, with four updates each year, it certainly keeps up and keeps “hip” (slang), with the English language.
Bona fide and coming to a crossword puzzle near you.