When I was writing my “Emails From Crazy People” post, I was like, “Man, my readers are totally going to love me for bringing them such uplifting humor.” I did. I really did.
Well, while some people thought that emails from crazy people are funny, I got more action from writing LOL. Now, I’m not going to make fun of LOL because you might use that term in your everyday life. If I made fun of it (like I would like to), you might get disgusted with me. I’ll just say that I wish you wouldn’t use it because it bothers me, but I would never make fun of it.
Anyway, the common theme of the LOL comments and emails were that people didn’t quite get what the heck LOL was. I didn’t get it either, until I looked it up a few years back. I remember an email exchange where the person who was writing to me kept saying something like, “I know…LOL!!!” I kept thinking, “What in the freakin’ world is this person trying to say?” Then I thought, “Gee, I wish this person would stop writing LOL because it is making me feel uncomfortable and angry. I mean, where are we, an AOL chat room?” LOL.
So, what does LOL mean? Here is what I could find:
LOL: Laughing out loud, Lots of laughs, Lots of laughter, Laugh out loud, Lack of laughter, Little old lady, Lots of love, Lots of luck
Here is a pretty good definition I found at the Urban Dictionary found here.
Depending on the chatter, its definition may vary. The list of its meanings includes, but is not limited to:
1) “I have nothing worthwhile to contribute to this conversation.”
2) “I’m too lazy to read what you just wrote so I’m typing something useless in hopes that you’ll think I’m still paying attention.”
3) “Your statement lacks even the vaguest trace of humor but I’ll pretend I’m amused.”
4) “This is a pointless acronym I’m sticking in my sentence just because it’s become so engraved into my mind that when chatting, I MUST use the meaningless sentence-filler ‘lol.'”
If you have anything to add about the usage of LOL, or any other stupid internet acronym, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comment box. I’m sure everyone would enjoy it.
By the way, if you are interested in learning more about internet acronyms, you can find out what they all mean by visiting this website.