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OMG! Emoticons and Txt-Spk Make the OED

academicFuture linguists will have a field day with this one. The Oxford English Dictionary (the "definitive record of the English language," in case you were keeping track) just released its latest update, and "OMG," "LOL" and even "<3" made the cut.

These Internet acronyms were included due to their cultural relevance today, but it turns out most have origins pre-dating those pesky tween texters. OMG, for instance, was traced way back to 1917, and LOL had a previous life in the '60s, when it was used as a shortcut for "little old lady." Some other awesome bon mots were included in this round of updates. My favorite? "Five-second rule." You can see the full list here. But you've got to suspect that, with some of these picks, the OED did it for the lulz.

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