How To Justify Your Use of 'OMG' : Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! From the 'How To Do Everything' podcast, the surprising roots of 'OMG.'
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'OMG' Goes Way, Way Back

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From our "How To Do Everything" podcast this week:

The initialism "OMG" is one of the 900 new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary. When they started looking for its origins, they expected it'd go back 20 years or so. So it was something of a surprise when they found "OMG" in a 1917 letter from a British Admiral to Winston Churchill. He actually wrote:

I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis. OMG!

He then explained:

(Oh! My! God!)

That last part is no longer necessary. Anyway, if somebody calls you out for using OMG, just tell them you're citing a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill.

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