The popular online terms FYI (for you information), LOL (laughing out loud), OMG (oh my god) have all entered the Oxford English Dictionary in the March 2011 update. The first symbol in the dictionary was also added: ♥. The heart symbol is most popular in the advertising from New York in the I Love NY campaign.
Another acronym added was ‘wag’, referring to the wives and girlfriends of a group of professional football players. The term is ‘notable for the extremely fast journey from its introduction to the language to its use as usual English vocabulary.’ The word has been used in debates on whether the wives and girlfriends were distracting to the football players and in newspaper articles.
Many of the online acronyms had earlier lives in the English language, for example, LOL is also an American expression meaning ‘little old lady’ according the Oxford English Dictionary. In a 1960 book, Only in San Francisco, ‘A traffic officer bellowed at an LOL who didn’t seem to know which way to turn her car,’ Now that would seem a little odd to add to a text message!