The LBD Gets Academic Status

Civilisation took a giant leap forward today, as the LBD (Little Black Dress) finally took its rightful place in the English dictionary. Of course women have been using the acronym since the beginning of time itself (give or take a couple of years) but only now has it been granted official status as part of the English language.

The abbreviation is one of more than 2,000 words and phrases added to the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English, published today, the Mail reveals. Other modern parlances include bromance, vuvuzela, tweetup, cheeseball and frenemy (already a familiar term to many a Hollywood starlet).

Published by Oxford University Press, the Oxford Dictionary of English - not to be confused with the Oxford English Dictionary (as if we would) – uses a continually updated word bank which makes it 'fully based on evidence of how language is really used'.

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