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Oxford English Dictionary to include OMG, LOL, and a symbol I can’t recreate in this headline

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If you know people who were upset when "sexting" made the cut, you might want to check in on them sometime today and make sure they haven't had a coronary, because word is out (pardon the pun) that the Oxford English Dictionary is now including text- and web-speak words like OMG, LOL, and FYI as well as the actual symbol ♥. (Not <3, it is important to note. Just ♥.)

Of course, leave it to the researchers at the OED to discover that these terms aren't quite as new as we thought:

As is often the case, OED’s research has revealed some unexpected historical  perspectives: our first quotation for OMG is from a personal letter from 1917; the letters LOL had a previous life, starting in 1960, denoting an elderly woman (or ‘little old lady’; see LOL n./1); and the entry for FYI  [FYI phr., adj., and n.], for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.

Good for the OED, I'm going to say. (I refuse to play the part of the cantankerous old man who somehow believes English stops evolving once he comes around.) After all, the dictionary already includes acronyms like TMI and BFF. That heart symbol, though. That was fucking annoying to type.