Geek Culture Goes Mainstream: 2011 Additions to Oxford Dictionary

So you might have seen my tweet earlier today on this, but the Oxford English Dictionary has released its update and it's nice (?) to see the geeks are taking over the English language. This year, the terms LOL, OMG, FYI and the heart symbol (♥, not <3) have all been accepted.

Now, I'm all for geek culture taking over, but does the English language really need to include these acronyms? Are acronyms really worthy of being considered words, just because we're too lazy to spell them out in every day use? I'm conflicted on this one. What do you think?

And furthermore, does this make them acceptable terms for Scrabble? Which tiles am I supposed to use to make that heart symbol, anyway?

And if we're really taking over, how long till we see "frak" or "WTF" or "LMFAO" in the OED???

What do you think about all this?

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