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When was the first known use of OMG?

The Answer

1917 in a letter to Winston Churchill

The first SMS message was sent in 1992 but was not available to the public until a few years later. Internet chat technically started with the early precursors to the modern internet but didn’t become widely available until around the mid-1990s with IRC and later AOL Instant Messaging. It would be logical to assume that “Oh my God!” wasn’t abbreviated to OMG until electronic messaging became a thing.

Not so, apparently. On September 9th of 1917, an Admiral in the British navy by the name of Lord John “Jacky” Fisher wrote a letter to the future Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill which contained the sentence “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis — O.M.G. (Oh! My God!) — Shower it on the Admiralty!!” (he sure liked his exclamation marks!!)

It’s thought that he had become acclimated to writing in code, and that’s why he used OMG

First Recorded Use of OMG Was Earlier Than You Think

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