To LOL Or Not To LOL

‘LOL’ has just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Unless you are an internet n00b (see what I did there?) of the highest order, you’ll know that it stands for ‘Laugh Out Loud’. It’s used online and in texts as a shorthand for ‘That was funny!’

Oddly enough, though, we rarely are actually laughing out loud when we post it. More commonly, we simply want to indicate that we are mildly amused by what we have read. There is no acronym to indicate mild amusement, nothing for a chuckle or a snigger. The only other textspeak shorthands to indicate that we have found something funny mean we have found something really funny, such as ‘LMAO’ (Laughing My Ass Off).

For me, ‘LOL’ is all well and good in informal written communication, such as a text or an email to a friend, when it’s difficult to show appreciation for a joke in any other way. Using it in speech is a step too far. Sure, it’s usually used in an ironic way, but I bet it’s not long before people start using it for real. If something is really funny, people will still laugh, because it’s a biological response, but if it’s only a bit funny, they might actually start saying ‘LOL’.

It doesn’t bear thinking about.

About elentari86

Apparently blogs need to cover a certain niche in order to attract readers. My aim is not to attract readers. I don't deny it would be nice not to just be spouting to myself, but the reason I set this blog up was to give myself somewhere to write down my thoughts. If anyone reads them, that's a bonus. This blog will cover a mix of things - anything that comes to mind that I want to write about. I make no promises about how often I will publish new content.
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2 Responses to To LOL Or Not To LOL

  1. says:

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I say LOL (loll, lawl, or el oh el, depending) sometimes. My boyfriend does as well, and it has even spread to his parents, who really only use the internet to send emails and for work.

    Yes, I think it is weird too. πŸ™‚

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