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"La-La Land" Enters the Oxford English Dictionary

Another update to the Oxford English Dictionary designates L.A. as "a state of being out of touch with reality."



Last week OMG and LOL, among other initialisms and symbols, were added to the Oxford English Dictionary. But there's another curious addition to the dictionary of record's latest update. "La-la land" is now an official term for Los Angeles:

la-la land n. can refer either to Los Angeles (in which case its etymology is influenced by the common initialism for that city), or to a state of being out of touch with reality—and sometimes to both simultaneously.

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LOL, OMG, ♥, and FYI Added to Oxford English Dictionary

The internet's favorite initialisms have just been added to the "definitive record of the English language."


Teachers, get ready to weep. The latest update of the "definitive record of the English language", the Oxford English Dictionary, has some new additions that texting teenagers will be happy about. LOL, OMG, ♥, and FYI are now official initialisms—"abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression."

Whether or not you agree with the decision to add them, what is interesting is the way the OED documents the history of words and the way our use of language changes. The dictionary says the first use of OMG comes from a personal letter from 1917. And, note their entry for

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Addicted to Addiction: A Word We’d Snort if We Could

The world has an obsession with "addiction", but what does that word even mean today?


Our collective use of the word "addiction" is getting out of hand. What are you hooked on?

A quick Twitter search shows the absurd range of meanings carried by one word: “addiction.” Pain-med addiction in the NFL and Charlie Sheen’s presumed addictions fit the medical definition, but apparently cupcake enthusiasts suffer from a "cake tin addiction." Technology is an addiction magnet: People love to confess/boast about their addiction to YouTube, iPhone, Droid, Twitter, and CrackBerry. Others have low-tech addictions to tattoos, Gatorade, worrying, hockey, green tea, Shamrock Shakes, coffee, white chocolate, porn, American Idol, jazz, love, and Reggie Bush. This word covers everything from America’s gasoline intake to a psychotherapy-soaked update of a classic excuse: “My dog has a digging addiction and buried my homework.”

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