Last week the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) released it’s quarterly list of new words added to the dictionary. They included some familiar acronyms, OMG and LOL and one that I had never heard WAG (wives and girlfriends) and they included the first symbol for “i heart” something. They have received some criticism from the Washington Post concerning their loss of dignity, but I like the way the OED explains this latest update themselves.
According to this Telegraph article there is a room where they keep all the rejected words, alphabetically on 3 x 5 cards, going back almost 100 years! (Newly rejected words are kept digitally, of course). If the words become popular the will be resurrected from the backroom. Check out the list of “non-words” at the end of the article. Could you ever call your big toe a Fumb? No, me neither.
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