The letter R, that is; read all about it at the latest update. I particularly call to your attention the section on “New initialisms in the OED”; they’ve added “a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Some of these—such as OMG […] and LOL […] are strongly associated with the language of electronic communications….” Remarkably, they’ve found a citation of “OMG” from 1917; you can read about it and its context here. And you can see “some videos that shed light into the revision process” at this post on the OED blog.


  1. Puts me inescapably in mind of Everard Raven.

  2. The teenage otaku inside me is gleeful with the addition of “h⁠entai”.
    (and also with how I had to add an invisible space to the word to get through “questionable content” comment filter :3 )

  3. How do you add an invisible space?

  4. “How do you add an invisible space?” With a silent curse.

  5. It’s the Unicode character “zero-width no-break space” (U+FEFF) (alternatively, “word joiner” U+2060). If you’re under Windows, use Alt+FEFF to write it (says Google).
    On Linux, I add lines like these to my ~/.XCompose file (notice the capitalization in the file name). Then I can input a word joiner by typing e.g. the sequence Compose, w, j (no commas).

  6. Everard Raven
    Yes! The doggy letter.

  7. The OMG is a nice find, but hardly “brilliant sleuthing” as it’s on Google Books. How easy research is today.

  8. Thank you, Leonardo.

  9. Whenever a quarterly OED update comes online, I always compulsively check to see whether “floorball” is included. It never is, even though I’ve pointed it out to the editors. It yields 12.4 million Google hits, but the sport is almost unknown in the English-speaking countries, so it’s an interesting example of a word invented and primarily used by non-native speakers. (I understand that editing the OED is a mammoth task, so I may be in for a bit of a wait. Still, if “eggcorn” could make it…)

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