The Oxford English Dictionary Gets New Symbols and Catchphrases

 - Apr 5, 2011
References: oxforddictionaries & dailymail
The Oxford English Dictionary has some new updated features for the latest release of the world-renowned word list. The dictionary, which has a 127-year history, will receive its first graphical entry along with notable messaging lingo.

The Oxford English Dictionary will get the famous heart emoticon used by people on online messengers and mobile devices. The heart emoticon, which is recognized worldwide, became famous in the mid-70s through the iconic I "heart" New York t-shirts comprised by Milton Glaser. Also to be included in the updated version of the Oxford English Dictionary are common catchphrases and terms used in the tech and online messaging community. The list includes: OMG, Ego-surfing, Dotbomb and much more.

The Oxford English Dictionary has been going through an enduring process since 1989 to update its lexicon. The dictionary, which is now only featured online, felt it needed to add these new terms and emoticons due to the nature of online vocabulary.