I’m going to get a lot of slack for this post I’m sure, but I just can’t take it anymore.
I want lol banned from use! I can’t take it anymore. The acronym for “laugh out loud” is soooooooo over used; even more than all those extra o’s in so. Every email, post, text, instant message, cartoon and even in real mouth conversations these three letters are popping up. Some are even using the double version lolol. Laugh out loud out loud. Really? You don’t need to prompt me when to laugh. I get it. Yes, what you just wrote was funny. Honest, I get it. It’s like you’re holding up an “applause” or “laugh” card on a tv set. I don’t need the prompting people!
I found the following definitions of lol on Urbandictionary.com and they made me…wait for it…laugh. No, not “out loud” but laugh never the less.
1. It’s original definition was “Laughing out loud” (also written occasionally as “Lots of Laughs”), used as a brief acronym to denote great amusement in chat conversations. Now, it is overused to the point where nobody laughs out loud when they say it. In fact, they probably don’t even give a shit about what you just wrote. More accurately, the acronym “lol” should be redefined as “Lack of laughter.” 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.'”
2. It stands for “laughing out loud.” A slight irony to this definition is that generally people don’t literally laugh out loud. That’s reserved for other acronyms such as, but not limited to, LMMFAO, LMAO, ROTFLMAO, etc. Lol is most commonly used as a slience breaker, a reply to a joke that is SUPPOSED to be funny but really isn’t, or an answer to an uncomfortable or random statement that one couldn’t think of a better response to.
Person 1: Hi
Person 2: Hey
Person 1: umm..
Person 2: uh…..
Person 1: lol
3. Originally meant “laughing out loud” but is now so overused that it now means “I find that vaguely amusing” also a filler word now when there is a puse in the conversation or the person is lost for a response, or they are too stupid or lazy to think of one.
A: I’m probably gonna kill myself tonight…
4. A term commonly used on the internet when you’re not really paying attention, or have nothing to say.
Person: Man, my grandma died today. I’m totally bummed.
Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks like this. There is actually a Facebook page dedicated to stopping the overuse of “lol”.
As a side story, the first time someone instant messaged me “lol”, way back in the late nineties, I thought it stood for “lots of love”. This turned out to be very awkward because it came from a young techie who was helping me with some computer issues I was having. I eventually figured out what he really meant and then told him my mistake. We both had a good laugh out loud over that one!