Among the entries in the latest edition of the OED are a number of expressions that first became popular online but then crossed over into everyday use. The new update also includes:
- Ego-surfing: searching for your own name online
- Dot-bomb: a failed Internet company
- Heart (verb): a casual equivalent of “to love,” as in “I heart New York.”
- TMI: too much information
- LOL: laughing out loud
- IMHO: in my humble opinion
Just because the words are Oxford-approved, doesn’t make them prime candidates for business correspondence. Keep your audience in mind. Unless you’re texting, avoid expressions such as “LOL” and “IMHO.”
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