Right now in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, William Shakespeare is not only hating the ridiculously painted bust outside his tomb but he’s also rolling over in his grave.
The Oxford English Dictionary, the most widely respected dictionary in the world, added “LOL,” “OMG” and “FYI” as “words.”
WHAT? Letters, my friends, are not words AND Internet lingo and abbreviations are most definitely not words. WHY? WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN? First the AP Stylebook changes “Web site” to “website” and “e-mail” to “email.” And now the OED does this? Is nothing sacred? Does the English language mean nothing to us anymore?
Snooki gets to write a terrible book that sounds like a 5th grader penned it and it soars to the top of the New York Times best seller list, while I’m sitting here, about to get a master’s degree from Columbia University and I’m trying to find a job (which hopefully I will at the Career Expo tomorrow).
Why can’t we just leave the English language alone? If we keep bastardizing it with sanctioned lingo and Internet-speak the real English language is going to become as dead as Latin (RIP). We don’t need anymore words, especially if those words involve more than one capital letter and are used in teenage texting conversations.
Putting these abbreviations in the OED only makes it O.K. for people to use them in writing. Will our newspapers and magazine become rife with “LOLs” and “OMGs”? I hope not. Are high school students going to start using them in papers and research projects? Probably, and if they do I hope teachers give them grief for it.
Texting, Facebook, Twitter–it’s all very important to new media, new journalism and our new way of life, but we can’t let its shortcuts take over our vernacular…otherwise no matter how much education we have or how highly we think of ourselves, we’re just going to sound like a bunch of babbling idiots or overly hormonal teenage girls.
I beg the OED, take it back!