Exciting electronic-communications language news, according to the news-aggregation servers of the AOL Huffington Post, as perceived by the news-algorithm reader-aggregators of Google News, as rendered by Firefox 4.0 on a MacBook running OS X 10.5.8:
LOL, OMG, WTF?? a;lsdjfads;ljfasdlkfja!!1!! The Oxford English Dictionary is now making room for code-garbage, in tribute to the ever-increasing prominence of machine gibberish in daily reading? Sadly, no; the string of an a-circumflex, an unregistered-trademark symbol, and a yen (or yuan) symbol is meant to have produced a heart symbol, which is now included under the entry for the word "heart," and which the OED
may be the first English usage to develop via the medium of T-shirts and bumper-stickers.
("I'm With Stupid" demands a recount.)
include "heteronormative," "rugelach," "rumspringa," and "tinfoil hat," as well as, in a decidedly non-futuristic vein, "stonewashed." Also there's "fnarr fnarr":
int. and adj (a representation of a lecherous snigger popularized in the comic magazine Viz and used adjectivally to denote crude sexual innuendo)
which explanation, in its juxtaposition of the specifically alien ("Viz"?) and the imprecisely familiar (crude how?), produces in me a net loss of English comprehension. I assume the Internet has already started producing a dictionary to translate the dictionary. An automated one, I hope.
TODAY IN SLATE
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Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.