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New Oxford American Dictionary Adds BFF, Bromance, Hockey Mom & LMAO Entries

oup23.jpgThe New Oxford American Dictionary has added a slew of 21st Century terms to the new edition, and the OUP blog has listed many of them. Interestingly enough, a host of text messaging abbreviations have entered the new edition.

The new words include big media, green-collar, lipstick lesbian, and social networking. What do you think? Do these new words deserve a place in a dictionary? Can a dictionary ever adapt to the world of text messaging? Here are three of our favorite new entries:

“BFF n. (pl. BFFs) informal a girl’s best friend: my BFF’s boyfriend is cheating on her. -ORIGIN 1996: from the initial letters of best friend forever.”

“bromance n. informal a close but nonsexual relationship between two men. -ORIGIN early 21st cent.: blend of brother and romance.”

“LMAO abbr. vulgar slang laughing my ass off.”

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