In March, the Oxford English Dictionary added its annual list of words to their repertoire most notably: OMG, LOL and <3. While these common online/text words may be fine when you are strapped for room in a 140 conversation or text, does this mean that kids can legitimately add these to their homework and term papers? I found this to be quite shocking.
For a definition of slang words, I go to Urban Dictionary. This is the cool hangout for language used casually in conversation. Comes in handy when you want to figure out what your teens are discussing. There is a time and place for this type of language. OMG, LOL and <3 have had a very comfortable home here for quite some time.
I would like to suggest that instead of making things easier by adding slang to our official dictionaries that we begin to use more intelligent language. Challenge yourself, your friends and family by building bridges to more meaningful dialogue. Another common issue is overuse of words or phrases such as 24/7, transparent or amazing. I may stab myself in the eye if transparency is used again. Mix it up, use variety please. A few hearty alternatives to amazing: fascinating, incredible, stunning, wonderful, mind-blowing or spectacular. Some hipper terms: zero cool or real gone. Interest your audience with your scintillating phraseology.
While I may find you clever and capricious, you won't find me LOL'g or ROFLMAO at you. That doesn't mean that I don't <3 you.
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