Friday, March 25, 2011

I ♥ OED

The folks at Oxford University Press shocked the world this week when they announced that they're adding a new word to the good ol' OED.

Why all the hullaballoo?

The word is: ♥

That's right. ♥ is the first typographical symbol to be added as a word in the dictionary.

Tweeny-boppers of the world can argue that "I ♥ JBiebs" is now a full sentence.

I'm not sure what I think about it yet. Are we headed down a slippery slope? Are we moving ever more rapidly toward vapid and thoughtless expression?

Or is there something beautiful in the ♥?

There's certainly something expressive and romantic about it.

And the wonderful thing about language is that it's dynamic. It should change as society does.

I for one am hoping that the interrobang is the next piece of punctuation to make it big.

Thanks to Anne for bringing this to my attention.

2 comments:

  1. Interrobang sounds silly. Excliquestionmark sounds more accurate but the idea is terrific. I only have one question, why did you post this at 6:08 am?!

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  2. Your speech blew my mind! YOu are excellent!!

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