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Language and La-La Land

March 24, 2011 saw some notable updates to the Oxford English Dictionary, including the use of “email” instead of “e-mail.” (Yea! :-) ) FYI and OMG are both newly added, with OMG dating back to 1917! Sure, LOL is there, too!

And for you tech folks, “fabless” is there, too!

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

“la-la land n. can refer either to Los Angeles (in which case its etymology is influenced by the common initialism for that city), or to a state of being out of touch with reality—and sometimes to both simultaneously.”

The late George Carlin, a great lover of the English language, would no doubt be delighted with the addition of “happy camper.”

For you photographers who like compressed image formats, both “lossless” and “lossy” made the list.

The LA Times wonders aloud what brought la-la-land to the dictionary – the sun, the palm trees, the nightclubs and the limos? Or was it that only in LA could Spiderman be arrested on Hollywood Boulevard? (OF COURSE, they provide the photo!)

-Bill at

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