OMG: Turns out 'text-speak' is almost 100 years old
Wed August 8, 2012 1:03pm
YOUNG-UNS not to blame for bastardising the language. Turns out the acronym "OMG" was first used almost 100 years ago.
But while they may scoff at terms like “LOL” and “ROFL”, it turns out this so-called "text-speak", like, totes began almost 100 years ago.
The acronym "OMG" (short for oh my god) has been found in a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill from a British Admiral, Mashable reports.
Lord John Arbuthnot Fisher wrote to Churchill enthusiastically of rumours of a new knighthood:
"I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis - O.M.G (Oh! My God!) - Shower it on the Admirality!!".
Lord Fisher published the letter in his memoirs, Memories, in 1919.
He was also known for abandoning his posts on a whim and resigned as the head of the navy by writing a letter to Churchill that read: "I am unable to remain any longer our colleague... I am off to Scotland at once so as to avoid all questionings."
Way to perpetuate the stereotype that the inventors of "text-speak" are lazy and unreliable.
Some things never change.