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Oxford English Dictionary goes downmarket LOL

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It’s rather sad to see the dreadful LOL (lots of laughs) has entering the venerable Oxford English Dictionary. Perhaps the academics are trying to be too hip. I suppose LOL and lolling and lollable are evidence of the vibrancy and adaptability of the English language, but I’m not sure I welcome them. Or OMG for that matter. Whatever happened to the far more amusing ROFL (roll on the floor with laughter), I wonder? I used to use it in the old Compuserve days when internet chat was akin to tuning in an early crystal set with a whisker and all at an unreliable 360 baud. You needed abbreviations in case you were cut off in mid chortle. Those were the days, LOL.

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