OMG! First use of abbreviation discovered

Now-ubiquitous phrase written in 1917 Churchill letter

Published On: Dec 05 2012 11:43:38 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 09:53:03 AM CST
First abbreviation letter

The first use of the now-ubiquitous OMG! dates back much farther than you might think.

Lord John Fisher, the head of the British Navy during World War I until he resigned in 1915, first used the abbreviation in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917, according to a document posted by Letters of Note.

The letter, dated 9/9/17, states: "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis -- O.M.G. (Oh! My God!) -- Shower it on the Admiralty!!!"

While no one is quite sure what "Shower it on the Admiralty" means, Time magazine says Fisher may have been accustomed to writing Churchill in code during his days of World War I service. Thus, the OMG.

The rest is texting history.