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New words added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Posted by bpardue on 03/25/11
CNN reports today that a number of new words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), including a number of internet-related abbreviations, like "LOL" (laughing out loud). It also includes new uses for old words, like using "heart" as a verb (as in "I heart the library" instead of "I love the library.").
It's important to keep in mind that dictionaries like the OED are a record of language as it's actually used, not necessarily a guide to the proper use of language. That said, it's full of not only basic definitions, but also in-depth histories of word uses. The library subscribes to the online version of the OED, which you can use from the databases page of our site.