LOL - what does it really mean?

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  1. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I've been thinking that ''lol'' doesn't really mean ''laugh out loud,'' anymore...like it seems many people use it as a form of sarcasm when they dislike posts or they merely find something lighthearted. It seems to have lost its original ''value'' or something.

    Depending on the text interaction or thread, etc - LOL could signify that the person simply has nothing more to say. To my chagrin, I don't use 'lol' as it's meant to be used.

    Now there have been times when I've audibly laughed out loud from a text message or a post on here, and will reply with LMAO or hahahaha. If you ever see me reply with that, you'll know that what you've posted, was truly hilarious.

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    So, do you agree? Think about the times you use LOL - is it because you really think something is funny with whom you're communicating with, or do you have other reasons for using it?
     
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  3. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    When people watch a comedy show on their own ,they don't laugh even though they may find it funny.

    Laughter is a social experience (I saw that explained recently on the telly.It was an experiment )

    And the internet is,I think a solitary experience in that respect.(I do sometimes laugh when at my device ,sadly at my own jokes sometimes

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    Have never used lol btw.
     
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  5. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Really? You've never used it? That's amazing.

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    <--- this emoji is a good replacement for lol
     
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  7. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think I've ever used it.

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    I just type hahaha. It's my min-protest I suppose. I just can't bring myself to use "lol". Some people think I over use

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    but when I don't use it those same people ask if I'm kidding so you can't win sometimes.
     
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  8. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    For real, I literally ''laughed out loud.''

    lol @ ''mini-protest"
     
  9. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    We could try "sis" (snickering in silence)
     
  10. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Hmm, snicker involves ''scorn.'' Unless you're both scornfully laughing at others, then 'sis' would not be the right choice. Just saying. lol
     
  11. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    lol#mini-protest #livinglife #imarebel #justsaynotolol
     
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  12. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    SIS is too much like CIS. I'm 'just" going to draw the line here.
     
  13. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    hahaha

    #liveyourbestlife #youdoyou
     
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  14. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    What is wrong with Cisjordan and Ciskei?(feel like I am getting the cold shoulder)
     
  15. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    It still means what it means.

    It's just that, nowadays, it is used in a way more hyperbolic than originally (i.e. you say it even when it is not literally true).

    But I think that is the case for many culturally new words. Pop culture gets saturated with the original meaning so much that its impact is lost and it starts being used ironically (i.e. self-consciously).
     
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  16. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    When I first saw this abbreviation I thought it meant "lots of love".

    I wonder now what people must have thought after I wished them well followed by a LOL......

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  17. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Here's a good bar trick for you. If someone ever says they have a friend who lives in Seattle and they want you to guess what they do for a living, just ask if their friend is a guy or a girl.

    If it's a guy the correct answer will be "software engineer".

    If it's a girl it gets tricky. You'll have to guess because it's either "yoga instructor" or "massage therapist".

    Occasionally you'll still be wrong. You can ask for a clue by asking "is she always broke?". If the answer is "yes" then she is a "lifestyle coach".
     
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  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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  19. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    lol!! ^^

    I mean it.
     
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  20. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Are you sending me lots of love?
     
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  21. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Never used

    Occasionally with in close friends who seem to use LOL a fair bit - normally when sending me jokes to inform me they found it funny

    Now I might find the joke funny but never LOL reply

    Occasionally will BRAG back

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  22. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think I've ever used LOL. I use XD.
     
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  23. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I beg to differ. There are two little skits that make me ROFL every time I see them. The delivery is irresistibly funny.
    The first one is deliverd by Christopher Walken and is a masterpiece of subtle body language. It's just a precious little piece of acting.



    The second delivery is a tour-de-force by Robin Williams, a gem of painting a verbal picture and building a punch line.

    warning crude language

    If can resist laughing you have no empathy.......

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