Attention, professors, college students, and high schoolers: texting language might not be appropriate for academic papers, but…it’s now got a bit of an official blessing. Some of the most popular abbreviations, like “LOL” for “laugh out loud,” are now in the Oxford English Dictionary, as explained in this article from the LA Times:
It’s official: OMG and LOL are no longer just time-saving shorthands. They’re real English.
Interestingly, the article points out that OED researchers have found that “LOL” had a life long before texting. Extra credit for Bell Tower readers who find the answer and post below. (However, likely no extra credit for actually using “OMG” in any of your papers!)