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#1  Postby Loren Michael » May 03, 2013 8:06 am

Interesting observations about lol (the linked article is itself link-rich):

http://www.slate.com/articles/technolog ... ay_it.html

On the evening of April 18, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got a text from a friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, telling him about something kind of funny. The FBI had just released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, the friend said, and one of them looked just like Dzhokhar. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Kadyrbayev—who, along with two other friends of the younger Tsarnaev brother, is being charged with concealing evidence in the case—Dzhokhar responded to the news with a bit of universal shorthand: lol.

It’s telling that the legal complaint doesn’t pause to define lol. Neither does the New York Times story describing the charges. Even newspaper reporters and government lawyers know that defining lol is pretty lol-worthy circa 2013, when everyone everywhere knows what lol means. (Well, almost everyone: Public-radio listeners apparently still need handholding, as NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston did take a moment to explain lol.) It seems that few people even bother to Google lol at this point—fans of the multiplayer game League of Legends now account for the top 10 lol-related search terms. Urban Dictionary, the Web’s preeminent chronicler of slang, also assumes that nobody would look up lol. Its top definition for the acronym is a joke, claiming that lol is an abbreviation of the name Laurence.


Full disclosure: I use lol at most about once a month if that, and if it's not served up with irony it's served up with deep personal shame.
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#2  Postby LucidFlight » May 03, 2013 8:09 am

Interesting, too, that it's acceptable in its lowercase form.
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#3  Postby Scarlett » May 03, 2013 8:15 am

When the News of the World scandal was hitting, it came to light that David Cameron had been exchanging text messages with Rebekah Brooks (the editor at that time) and signing off the texts with 'lol'. He thought it meant 'lots of love', so it seems that some may need to google after all. Or, he's just incredibly stupid :whistle:
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#4  Postby LucidFlight » May 03, 2013 8:26 am

I like the recursive acronym, lol, "lots of lols".

Then, of course, when something is really very funny indeed, one can extend the lol thusly: lolololol!
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#5  Postby Loren Michael » May 03, 2013 8:40 am

LucidFlight wrote:Interesting, too, that it's acceptable in its lowercase form.


If you lowercase it, it can be a person putting their hands in the air.

lol <---it's a person stretching! Or maybe it's one of many people doing "the wave"!

The only emoticons I use with any kind of regularity are

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
(ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)

macro'd into my iPhone as tflip, atflip, and tset respectfully.
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#6  Postby Precambrian Rabbi » May 03, 2013 8:42 am

Q. What's the funniest way for a stick man to die?

A. Sinking in quicksand.

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#7  Postby Precambrian Rabbi » May 03, 2013 8:43 am

... beaten by Loren. Grrr....
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#8  Postby Xaihe » May 03, 2013 9:27 am

I like to read 'lol' as the dutch word 'lol', which means 'fun', 'hilarity'.
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#9  Postby NineBerry » May 03, 2013 3:44 pm

rofl
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#10  Postby Aern Rakesh » May 03, 2013 4:11 pm

Scarlett wrote:When the News of the World scandal was hitting, it came to light that David Cameron had been exchanging text messages with Rebekah Brooks (the editor at that time) and signing off the texts with 'lol'. He thought it meant 'lots of love', so it seems that some may need to google after all. Or, he's just incredibly stupid :whistle:


To be honest, I don't know when it was that I found out that lol actually meant laugh out loud and not lots of love!
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#11  Postby NineBerry » May 03, 2013 4:34 pm

It actually means "lots of laugh" roflcopter
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#12  Postby Scarlett » May 03, 2013 8:33 pm

Precambrian Rabbi wrote:Q. What's the funniest way for a stick man to die?

A. Sinking in quicksand.

lol


I don't get it :scratch:
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#14  Postby Evolving » May 03, 2013 8:41 pm

Scarlett wrote:
Precambrian Rabbi wrote:Q. What's the funniest way for a stick man to die?

A. Sinking in quicksand.

lol


I don't get it :scratch:


It took me a minute - and then I rather wished I hadn't got it either.
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#15  Postby Scarlett » May 03, 2013 9:05 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaaah! Got it now, thanks Virphen :cheers:

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#16  Postby surreptitious57 » May 03, 2013 9:26 pm

Scarlett wrote:
Or he is just incredibly stupid

He is most definitely not that Paula though maybe detached given his background

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#17  Postby Evolving » May 03, 2013 9:29 pm

He also notoriously didn't know that twat doesn't mean twit.

Confession time: neither did I until recently!
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#18  Postby MrFungus420 » May 05, 2013 8:18 am

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEWgs6YQR9A[/youtube]
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#19  Postby chairman bill » May 05, 2013 8:32 am

I actually heard someone respond to a slightly amusing story with "Oh, lol". I think killing them would have been a kindness.
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#20  Postby Evolving » May 05, 2013 10:30 am

Good thing we only meet on the internet, then...
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