The Oxford English Dictionary now contains some new words for 2011. They've added:
LOL (Laughing Out Loud)
OMG (Oh My God)
BFF (Best Friends Forever)
If they're going to add those, why not ROFL (Rolling on the Floor Laughing) which I've seen countless times?
Art, who is an electrical engineer took issue with the addition of WAG (Wives and Girlfriends). He said WAG is an old engineering term they used for Wild Ass Guess.
I was surprised with the addition of Muffin Top. It's supposed to be that roll of fat over our waist band. OK. I guess it does look rather like that even though I keep trying to pull my waist band over that bundle of fat. Sheesh! (I blame the muffin top problem on the current fashion of having the waist band below your navel! It just forces all that fat over the brim. I need a girdle.)
Then they've got ♥ (heart) to be used as a verb as in "I ♥ Hawaii".
I'll bet those of you Down Under would like this one that I got from the Oxford English Dictionary website:
"The OED aims to cover lexical developments from throughout the English-speaking world. In this update, a few new items from Australian English enter the dictionary for the first time: flat white n., a style of espresso drink with finely textured foamed milk; tragic n., a ‘boring or socially inept person, esp. one with an obsessive interest or hobby’; and yidaki n., an Australian Aboriginal term for the musical instrument better known in English as a didgeridoo."
So who came up with didgeridoo? I thought that was the Aboriginal term.
I looked up "Aloha." Apparently Aloha made the Oxford English Dictionary in 2008.
"Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
▶exclamation & noun
a Hawaiian word used when greeting or parting.
– origin C19: from Maori aroha ‘love, affection, pity’."
As a matter of fact, when we were in New Zealand I did discuss the similarities in the Hawaiian and Maori languages with our docent, but that would be a topic for another post.