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The First Use of OMG Was in a 1917 Letter to Winston Churchill

This jewel of a letter reveals the first usage of the now-ubiquitous OMG

Anorak uncovered this little jewel, the first example of the now-ubiquitous OMG!

IT’S 1917 and Winston Churchill receives a letter from Lord Fisher. It contains the earliest example of OMG |(Oh My God). Did the toffs invent text speak? WTF! (Winston Talks French!)

Fisher was an admiral and naval innovator, who began World War I as First Sea Lord but resigned in 1915. By 1917, his naval career was over. Here’s the letter:

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