Drake's 'YOLO' Added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.15.2014
Along with FML and SMH...
Textspeak abbreviations are continuing to make their way into actual dictionaries, and you can thank Drake in part. BBC News reports that the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary has added "YOLO" to the dictionary, which was coined by the rapper in his 2011 track "The Motto." The phrase, for those lucky enough not to know, means "You only live once"--or, if you're the Lonely Island, "You oughta look out."
Other abominations making it into the online edition of self-proclaimed "definitive record of the English language" are amazeballs, sideboob, cray, adorbs, hot mess, ICYMI (in case you missed it), FML (fuck my life), and SMH (shake my head). Before you begin weeping for the state of linguistics though, take some small comfort in the fact that the physical version of the Oxford English Dictionary is more exclusive than its online sibling. Of course, no one buys the Oxford English Dictionary and just looks it up online; in fact, back in June publishers for the latest edition (which has been in the works since 1994) said it is unlikely to ever be published. So if you wish to start mourning, feel free to get in line.