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YOLO, Vom, Fuhgeddaboudit Added to Oxford English Dictionary

Ubiquitous slang terms earn official recognition

On Monday, the Oxford English Dictionary announced the latest round of additions to its pages. The group of officially recognized words includes Yoda-like, freemium, gender-fluid, scrumdiddlyumptious, and shopaholism. An impressive group of abbreviations, acronyms, and agglomerations also made the cut: vom, fuhgeddaboudit, ‘Merica and YOLO.

The success of YOLO is another achievement for Drake, who is widely credited with popularizing the term in his 2011 hit “Motto.” The phrase quickly took on a life of its own, to the point where its creator disavowed it on Saturday Night Live in 2014. “I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize,” Drake joked. “I did not realize your annoying friends and co-workers would use it so much.”

But it didn’t matter: the acronym was added to the Oxford online dictionary in 2014 along with “FML,” SMH” and “amazeballs;” now it’s in the official version of the volume as well. See all the new additions to the O.E.D. on the dictionary’s website.  


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