LBD Gets Its Props

Given its prevalence in just about every woman’s (and the odd dude’s) wardrobe, you’d think the LBD would have earned its rightful place in the dictionary long ago. Not so, but today the Oxford Dictionary of English officially recognized the abbreviation, adding the shortened form of Little Black Dress to its lexicon. Not to be confused with the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, the ODE, first published in 1998, uses a continually updated word bank to assess what sort of language is actually being used these days. Among the 2,000 words and phrases that made the cut this year are “vuvuzela,” “tweetup” and “bromance.” Even if our personal fave, “on the naughty step,” technically has more to do with Supernanny than bad-boy sex, we’ll still be using it around consenting adults.

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