(WICHITA, Kan.) — OMG, LOL, BFF. Those are letters you'd probably see on your teenager's cell phone. Now, you'll also see them in the dictionary. They are some of the 900 new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Eyewitness News went to the mall, because if anyone knows anything about texting, we knew we would find them here.
Zach Turner said he texts pretty often. "Most times of the day," said the teen. "All day, every day, whenever I'm bored and free," said Sayrah Kelepolo, then added, "except when I'm doing my school work."
So we knew they'd be able to decipher all those words they type on their cell phones. Turner types 'DNT' to mean 'don't.' Sayrah types about 'abt' in her phone. "Laugh out loud," she said is "LOL", and "Oh My God is OMG."
So when we told the teens some of those words are now recognized in a revered tome of the English Language, they smiled, and said that was either crazy or cool. But as Turner's friend Christina Pitts said of OMG and LOL, "They're not real words." She then tried to clarify, "they are, but, separately. But not together."
That's where we run into a vocabulary controversy. These newly-inaugurated words stand for other words, and are mostly typed with thumbs, rarely vocalized with tongues.
"If I'm really excited, I'll run up to someone like, Oh My God!," explained Kelepolo's friend Stephanie Ludiker. "I won't say OMG! I just think that's weird."
But just like the technology that made these phrases common -- the English Language also evolves. "I think they put in bling, not too long ago," said Turner. "Enough people started saying bling, then they put it in the dictionary. I mean, if everybody uses it, and that's what we understand each other as, then it makes sense."
Remember: if you don't understand what the word means, that's why its in the dictionary.