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'OMG' Dates Back to Almost 100 Years Ago: Real or Hoax?

AdriHead 2012/08/08 23:00:00
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OMG... you guys won't believe this! So, you know the abbreviation "OMG," short for the phrase "Oh My God"? Well, it was evidently used as early as 1917, in some correspondence from John Arbuthnot Fisher to Winston Churchill. Do you believe it? Or do you think this news is a little too good to be true?

THEMARYSUE.COM reports:
Younger generations these days are saddled with a lot of responsibilities they're not quite prepared for: Coming of age in a time of economic turmoil, figuring out how to get Earth to let us keep living on it without drowning in its rising oceans, dealing with the ever-looming threat that Siri will finally follow through with her plan and enslave us all.

Less grave, but nonetheless usually put on the youths of the world, is the popularization of text-speak. You know the type: LOL, LMFAO, ROFL, OMG, Totes. Well, it turns out there's at least one of those abominations to the English language that no one in any recent generation has to take the blame for: OMG is at almost a hundred years old.

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Read More: http://www.themarysue.com/omg-is-old/

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  • TheBadOne 2012/08/14 22:08:23
    Hoax
    TheBadOne
    BUT I READ IT ON THE INTERNET SO I KNOW ITS TROO!
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/14 21:56:35
    Hoax
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    Smelling BS here.
  • Daryl 2012/08/14 21:43:51
    Hoax
    Daryl
    +2
    ROTFL dates back to the Mesopotamian civilization.

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  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/08/13 20:53:30
    Hoax
    Christopher Kirchen
    100 years ago, people rarely said the Lord's name in vain, (which OMG is a corrupted version of doing) so I seriously doubt OMG would be from back that far.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/08/13 20:10:30 (edited)
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +1
    Maybe... Maybe not. More likely to be true than this Chinese Leader being the source of...
    LMAO
  • Marvelous Wildfire 2012/08/13 13:58:26
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    Marvelous Wildfire
    WOW! This is considered significant? I'm shocked!
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/08/13 08:34:17
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    MOMMA THOMAS
    WHY NOT.......
  • Ozymandias 2012/08/12 20:32:16
    Real
    Ozymandias
    Nothing in this world really surprises me much anymore.
  • brian.southworth.921 2012/08/12 19:53:56
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    brian.southworth.921
    +1
    Actually, I'm not that surprised. I'm starting to hear slang from the 80's coming back.
  • MsDianna 2012/08/12 17:23:52
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    MsDianna
    doesn't sound right to me but Praise God I'm sure someone has a good story
  • Pookie 2012/08/12 02:42:03
    Hoax
    Pookie
    +1
    i dont buy it
  • irving escamilla 2012/08/12 01:35:47
    Real
    irving escamilla
    +1
    Ao what just cuz it is that old why should we care
  • lm1b2 2012/08/11 20:51:24 (edited)
    Real
    lm1b2
    +1
    I would imagine almost everything ever said has been said before,just as there are no knew sins,all have been done in the past,over,and over again
  • D S 2012/08/11 17:57:54
    Real
    D S
    +2
    Why not? I remember as a kid my mom telling me I was "S.O.L."
    I was too...
  • Der Kitabkúzædlhen 2012/08/11 15:22:07
    Hoax
    Der Kitabkúzædlhen
    +1
    I believe Lord Fisher would know better than to apply so many exclamation marks in writing his letter.

    Then again, those words were used commonly back in the days, so it was almost inevitable that someone found a way to make saying them together shorter.
  • mae 2012/08/11 04:58:24 (edited)
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    mae
    +1
    ..and here I was, content in the knowledge that 'OMG' showed up In letters between Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and maybe Patrick Henry and Paul Revere. I've no way to prove or disprove this, so must leave it in the plausible hearsay column, waiting for real scholars to reaffirm what is, and isn't real.
  • Red_Horse 2012/08/11 03:49:54 (edited)
  • American Girl 2012/08/11 03:49:40
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    American Girl
  • XENON23 2012/08/11 03:35:05
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    XENON23
    +1
    Not really shocked. I don't if this is true or not but we have shortened stuff for years. Remember that it could be from the wire days. You did not have that many letters and it cost per letter. It might be about that is it is true. If I saw it on a card I can tell it the card is real or not.
  • the_old_coach 2012/08/11 03:19:31
    Real
    the_old_coach
    +1
    So far it checks out...but I am not sure if all of the sources I found are relating the same original story or if there are multiple original stories to confirm it.
  • BOUNTYQUEEN 2012/08/11 01:21:05
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    BOUNTYQUEEN
    +1
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  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/08/10 22:41:39
    Real
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    So far, it's checking out as real. I haven't seen anything that disproves it...
  • All American 2012/08/10 16:13:26
    Real
    All American
    +1
    HBS! UFB, man!
  • Flamingolady 2012/08/10 15:32:20
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    Flamingolady
    If it is true, then OMG!!!
  • Jiorgia 2012/08/10 15:08:59
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    Jiorgia
    if anything its proof of this...

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  • Soot Th... Jiorgia 2012/08/10 22:45:48
  • Random 2012/08/10 04:36:03 (edited)
    Hoax
    Random
    +2
    I sincerely doubt it. With today's technology, it's far too easy to insert OMG in an old letter. It's modern day vernacular, as in, we created the meaning in modern times! Maybe the abbreviation was around, but I don't think it meant what it means today. Besides, could you imagine stiff 20th century people, who used very formal English to be so casual?
  • cheshirewayne 2012/08/10 02:01:11
    Hoax
    cheshirewayne
    +1
    It was really O.M.F.G.I.H.
  • Witch.Nikki.Jo 2012/08/10 01:36:07
  • Witch.N... Witch.N... 2012/08/10 15:51:31
  • alex 2012/08/09 20:54:29
    Hoax
    alex
    +1
    You're an idiot if you think this is real.
  • XCloudPandaX 2012/08/09 19:45:05
  • pig soda 2012/08/09 19:36:26
    Hoax
    pig soda
    No you twat its modern day slang
  • Ray the Dog! 2012/08/09 18:49:10
    Hoax
    Ray the Dog!
    +1
    Definitely not true. I was a really cool fifteen year old kid in 1917 and neither myself or any other cool dudes spoke like that.
  • Sperry23 2012/08/09 18:45:48
    Hoax
    Sperry23
    Suckers.
  • MarcusRP 2012/08/09 18:28:42
    OMG! I can't believe it!
    MarcusRP
    +1
    I think the real question here is why would Lord Fisher use so many exclamation points in one letter?
  • smitty MarcusRP 2012/08/09 19:21:09 (edited)
    smitty
    practice smile
  • Jiorgia MarcusRP 2012/08/10 15:11:07
    Jiorgia
    +1
    Didn't you know he was a 14 year old girl from the mid 2000s...
  • smitty 2012/08/09 18:14:40
    Hoax
    smitty
    +3
    Did Winston reply "STFU!" ?
  • Fran-Halen 2012/08/09 18:13:56
    Hoax
    Fran-Halen
    +2
    c'mon, rly?

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