The Meaning of “lol”

When was the last time you actually laughed out loud when you wrote “lol”? My guess is, 5 years ago. Personally, when I type “lol” my lips don’t even move. Whenever someone actually laughs out loud (which, as we know from human psychology happens rarely if you’re alone) they type “hahaha, omg rolfcopter t3h hilarious roflmao” or some other nonsense along the same line. This lets me know that what I just said is not only hilarious, but they have no actual way to describe their laughter. That sucks.

“lol” means nothing. No, that’s wrong, it means something, it just isn’t an indicator of humour anymore. “lol” at this point either means “I was joking” or “Don’t beat me up, please.” The first one is obvious, if you put “lol” after your post, it means whatever precedes it should not be taken seriously. The second one is trickier, so I will illustrate with an example.

Without LOL

Figure 1.0 – A Straight Ticket to ass-kick-ville

With LOL

Figure 2.0 – Saves your butt



10 Responses to “The Meaning of “lol””

  1. 1 Teengle not feeling like siging in May 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    lmao there I guess this post can later be elaborated on , to include ALL other meanings of lol as it is evolving 🙂

  2. 2 E May 25, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I propose a new acronym: isabidnftpfhidwtoybngytrye, which stands for:

    I’m slightly amused, but I didn’t find that particularly funny. However, I don’t want to offend you by not giving you the response you expected.

  3. 3 The Wicked Beggar May 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    ^ Hmm… strange, I though that was what “lol” was for?

  4. 4 nikikikiki June 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm


  5. 5 nikikikiki June 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    ( i laguhed only on the inside )

  6. 6 amanda June 16, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    lol means laugh out loud or lots of love ❤ when u say lol u usually say it because the conversation went dead and you dont hav anything to say so you ssay "lol" or you can just say it when someone says a joke even if it isnt funny

  7. 7 Emmie December 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I liked your post and i do think that LOL is used far too much now.

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