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Oxford English Dictionary adds 'hentai' entry

Annual additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, "the definitive record of the English language," always draw media attention because when a word or phrase is enshrined in the 127-year-old OED it becomes "official," legitimate. It's no longer just regional slang, professional jargon or an annoying acronym; it's in the dictionary. Look it up, Mom!

This year's updates are no different, drawing notice for an OED first -- the heart symbol becomes the dictionary's first graphic entry -- as well as the inclusion of such text-messaging/online abbreviations as LOL and OMG. Thankfully SMH didn't make the list of 45,436 new definitions (this year, at least).

But one that did is hentai, a noun that the companion Oxford Dictionaries -- the OED site is subscription-only -- defines as "a subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime, characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots."

Which I guess will all help make that errant "OMG I <3 hentai" text immediately, if embarrassingly, understandable.

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