How do you know when you are old? When ‘chat speak’ become entries in the Oxford dictionary.
Along with other online acronyms, the ‘Heart Symbol’ is also now recognized as a… errr… word, which is the first graphical entry in the dictionary’s 127-year history. Have the dudes at Oxford finally gone bonkers after years of toiling for the advancement of the English language?
I understand for the need for staying current, but ‘LOL’ is a phrase for crying out loud. And the ‘Heart Symbol’ … how the heck do you even pronounce it? So the keyboard of the future may have the ‘Heart Symbol’, just like how we have ‘&’ for ‘and’.
I don’t know why I feel strongly about this. Perhaps, my years as a toe-the-grammar-line-copywriter have turned me into a traditionalist. Or maybe just the common sense that dictionaries are for freaking words.
In any case, the children of the future are going to have a tough time defining ‘Lolled’. Go figure kids!
FYI… ‘OMG’, ‘WAGS’ and ‘FYI’ (pardon the repetition) made the cut too.