1. Post #1
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1753735.html

    Huffington Post posted:
    When Gossip Girl fans (or really all of us, all the time) are all "OMG" over the latest plot twist, they probably have no idea that they're quoting a British World War I admiral.

    But it's true. As the folks at Oxford English Dictionary discovered last year, the first known appearance of the acronym was in 1917.

    Our first reaction to learning that OMG is 95 years old was, well: OMG!

    In a letter signed on September 9, 1917, at the height of World War I, Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher wrote "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis—O.M.G (Oh! My! God!)—Shower it on the Admiralty!!"

    Fisher was writing to Winston Churchill, who would eventually go on to serve as British prime minister during the next world war. In the letter, tweeted out by the blog Letters of Note on Monday, Fisher worried over some then-recent successes of the German navy. The correspondence made its first public appearance in Fisher's memoir, released in 1919.

    It seemed that the acronym laid dormant for many more decades. According to our search of books using Google Ngrams, OMG didn't really take off until the 1990s and the popularization of the Internet.

    See for yourself:



    By our perusal, the bumps in '50s and '70s appear to refer to phrases other than "Oh my God" being shortened to OMG. (Things like "Object Management Group," a consortium of companies.) However, the Oxford English Dictionary did find one pre-web usage of the acronym. It occurred in a 1982 Los Angeles Times advertisement for tangelos and tangerines, of all things. The ad read, "You'll find the season's best tangelos and tangerines now at our famous produce stalls. We spotted some marked O-M-G Tangelos, about the biggest we've seen." Bonus: The storied Oxford English Dictionary cites the "Joys of Cybersex" in its definition of "OMG."

    Of course, there could be instances of the word we or Oxford don't know about. After all, blasphemy has been around at least since the Bible.
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    "Epic Leddit pwner :)"
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    Oh boy, what's gonna be next next?

    "We're gonna sail this ship right next to that iceberg, YOLO"
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    now i'm just picturing the d-day landings like a game of counterstrike
    (i'm sure that was a gif at some point)
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    Oh boy, what's gonna be next next?

    "We're gonna sail this ship right next to that iceberg, YOLO"
    "We hit an iceberg, we're good, L.O.L (Laughing out Loud!)"
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    Just sank the Bismarck, SWAG
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    Churchill just made anothe speech #lykdisifucryerrytime
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    Dennab
    February 2007
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    -snip bad joke bad post don't stay up after midnight kids-
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  8. Post #8
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    March 2010
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    wtf man hitler just like, SO invaded czechoslovakia and shit, that's like, well out of order blud, like a breach of their sovereignty, we is WELL vexed

    yours sincerely, Albert François Lebrun
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    CD drives eject stuff, my ass ejects stuff, therefore my ass must be a CD drive.
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    now that ur reading this don't stop. send dis 2 five other ppl and u will have good harvest 4 a yr. if u don't u will get black death.
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    wtf man hitler just like, SO invaded czechoslovakia and shit, that's like, well out of order blud, like a breach of their sovereignty, we is WELL vexed

    yours sincerely, Albert François Lebrun
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    .-- . + .-- --- -. + -. --- .-. -- .- -. -.. -.-- + --. --. + --. . .-. -- .- -. ... + .-.. --- .-..
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    now i'm just picturing the d-day landings like a game of counterstrike
    (i'm sure that was a gif at some point)
    Yes.

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    now i'm just picturing the d-day landings like a game of counterstrike
    (i'm sure that was a gif at some point)
    L.M.A.O (Laughing My Ass Off) I just pwned japan


    Posted from my Enola Gay
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    So much nostalgia. I haven't seen that .gif in yeeeeaaaars.
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    Oh boy, what's gonna be next next?

    "We're gonna sail this ship right next to that iceberg, YOLO"
    Holy shit first time I've laughed at a reply on fp.
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    Gotta be creative when your courier charges by the word
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    -snip-

  18. Post #18
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    Gotta be creative when your courier charges by the word
    Except, you know, he still spelled out "Oh My God"
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    trench got gassed again FML
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    Tommies zerg rushing our positions again LOL. GMU (gott mitt uns)
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  21. Post #21
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    "LOL just pwnd President Lincoln gotta ftw now send this to the Huffington Twitter Service "
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    "They told me to read the constitution, but I laughed and said T.L.D.R. (Too long, didn't read)."

    [h=1]William Paterson[/h]
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  23. Post #23
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    Except, you know, he still spelled out "Oh My God"
    The fact that he took the time to spell it out after almost makes me think he actually thought that writing OMG would become a widespread thing and he wanted to be first. Why else would he take the time to write it and explain it?
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  24. Post #24
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    Reminds me of an artical that said that the Victorians used emotes in letters.

  25. Post #25
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    @AdolfH We're loosing the war ffs -.-' #thirdreichforlife
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  26. Post #26
    What fun is there in making sense?
    Dennab
    October 2007
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    I thought this sounded old.

    Cracked did an article with this tidbit in it in December

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19584...day-words.html

  27. Post #27
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    More like

    @AdolfH OMG pussy generals!!!!! FML #thirdreichforlife

  28. Post #28
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    @JFK Lol secret service wants me to ride in a covered limo I told them no! #yolo
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  29. Post #29
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    That sounds hilariously flamboyant

    Edited:

    Grown men once wrote like that

  30. Post #30
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    Osama bin Laben
    LOL US will never find me!

    Like * Comment * A couple hours ago at compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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    I do it all
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    "#Jones just gave everyone poison, we're so fucked LOL! "
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    My dick's so long, if I laid it on my keyboard, it'd reach from A to Z.
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    "Honorable Emperor Hirohito,

    Our strike against the shipyard at Pearl Harbor caught the Western devils completely off guard. It will be long regarded in the annals of history as one of our glorious nations finest military achievements. The evil Americans fought fiercely, but w00t (We! Owned! Other! Team!)

    All glory to the Empire!

    Rofflecopter."

  33. Post #33
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    Reminds me of an artical that said that the Victorians used emotes in letters.
    lol i just pwned those indian scrubs XD
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    "Honorable Emperor Hirohito,

    Our strike against the shipyard at Pearl Harbor caught the Western devils completely off guard. It will be long regarded in the annals of history as one of our glorious nations finest military achievements. The evil Americans fought fiercely, but w00t (We! Owned! Other! Team!)

    All glory to the Empire!

    Rofflecopter."
    Actually, Japan was supposed to send their declaration of war before they attacked us, but some fucked up. Also had we been ready for their attack, they wouldn't have done much damage.

  35. Post #35
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    1 smll step 4 man 1 giant leap 4 manknd
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  36. Post #36
    What fun is there in making sense?
    Dennab
    October 2007
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    Actually, Japan was supposed to send their declaration of war before they attacked us, but some fucked up. Also had we been ready for their attack, they wouldn't have done much damage.
    Yep. Their decoders fell behind in decoding the message, and as such it was delayed in getting to their ambassador.

    Also, US decoders got it decoded before the Japanese, and were aware of the plan. But the message got lost in bureaucracy and the warning wasn't delivered to Pearl Harbor until several hours after the attack.
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  37. Post #37
    I LOVE NAZIS
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    lol just got shot in the jaw by russians omg #hitmarker #yolo
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  38. Post #38
    Dennab
    April 2012
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    Fuq, my generals r shit, gonna shoot the next fuck who screws up! #BigRedStalin

    Edited:

    Hindenburg blew up, FML. #PaulHindenburg

  39. Post #39
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    @BuzzAldrin jst landed on th moon lol #aeiou #johnmadden
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    @HSTruman: Well fuck, guess I'm the POTUS now. #ripFDR