Oxford English Dictionary loves ♥

Das Oxford English Dictionary hat (neben OMG! und LOL) das graphische Symbol für Liebe aufgenommen, das erste graphische Symbol im OED seit seinem 127jährigen Bestehen. ♥ ist damit nun praktisch ein offizielles Wort der englischen Sprache. OMG!

Das Wörterbuch listet den Eintrag ausgeschrieben als „heart“, mit der Beschreibung „to love“. Von der Daily Mail: OMG! Oxford English Dictionary grows a heart: Graphic symbol for love (and that exclamation) are added as WORDS:

Once the sole preserve of tacky tourist T-shirts, the heart symbol – as in I ‘heart’ New York – has become the first graphical entry in the Oxford English Dictionary in its 127-year history.

The entry is one of several controversial phrases among 45,436 new definitions in the latest online edition of the OED.

Others include the text message abbreviation OMG, meaning ‘oh my God’, ‘Wags’, for footballers’ wives and girlfriends, and ‘singledom’, to reflect the growing number of single people.

Vom OED selbst:

♥ to heart
The new sense added to heart v. in this update may be the first English usage to develop via the medium of T-shirts and bumper-stickers. It originated as a humorous reference to logos featuring a picture of a heart as a symbol for the verb love, like that of the famous ‘I ♥ NY’ tourism campaign. Our earliest quote for this use, from 1984, uses the verb in ‘I heart my dog’s head’, a jokey play on bumper stickers featuring a heart and a picture of the face of a particular breed of dog (expressing a person’s enthusiasm for, say, shih-tzus) which itself became a popular bumper sticker. From these beginnings, heart v. has gone on to live an existence in more traditional genres of literature as a colloquial synonym for ‘to love’.