Ever noticed how putting LOL into any conversation or context, whether you’re writing an email, texting, vibing (not vibrating, the app is called “viber” check it out), chatting or skyping (yes there are people out there, myself included, who actually say “LOL” out loud) etc. can change the entire meaning or tone of what you want to say someone.
A friend of mine and I were talking about its power to transform an entire message.
For example, you might actually be really angry at someone for not returning something you borrowed them last month. So instead of being direct. You say LOL in the message to change the tone. Here’s what it’d look like: “You are so not cool for returning my stuff dude LOL”. See what I just did there! Amazing right? Because are you really that angry? Or are you having a bit of a laugh, nudging them a bit, but it’s really all cool right? They can return it anytime, right? Not really! Well most times anyway. Because sometimes we just throw LOL in to throw people off the scent – the scent of what we truly mean but still went to get across if you know what I mean.
Hmm, what’s another example. Oh here’s a good one: “It’s f***ing cold right now, my toes are falling off LOL” Why is this funny? because your toes are literally frozen and may have frost bite. Not really that funny. But we must use LOL anyway, right? Just to prove we can have a bit of sense of humour with it or whatever.
Yes, the power of LOL is quite magnificent and can be used extensively in all sorts of situations. In fact, another friend of mine even used it through a break up while chatting. What great usage of the power of LOL, LOL!. “No, I’m not angry LOL” and “Of course I don’t hate you LOL” see now, this form of LOL is used for sarcasm.
But LOL isn’t always used for sarcasm. You could actually be using it for its original purposes – to say “Laughing out loud” without actually writing it all. But does anyone actually write “laughing out loud” instead of its acronym? Wouldn’t you write “I am laughing right now” because that means you are laughing out loud and you don’t need to tell the person it’s out loud, because it’s assumed right?
Well I’m not bashing whoever or why someone came up with LOL. Whoever you were, wherever you are, I thank you. It is awesome.
There are many other ways to use LOL as well. Comment below with times when you used it for not exactly what it stands for. Heck I throw it in anytime I can LOL. See I just did it then, and I also use “hehe” alot too. I don’t know. Don’t ask. I’m a person who likes laughing and being happy okay? I guess it shows a little bit of my personality – that I’m cute and perky right? Okay maybe not, it’s a bit of a habit really. I don’t actually sit there writing an email saying hehe out loud myself every second while typing, nor do I laugh out loud every time I text LOL. I would really be laughing a lot then wouldn’t I? But yes, LOL does mean I find it funny. But sometimes it means something else. Do you use the acronym or shall I say the “word” LOL often? If so, send me your most creative uses for it. Who knows, we might be making history and making LOL an accepted and modern word for the English Language. Because it is changing. Everyone knows what LOL means right? But I’ll save a bit of my commentary on the evolution of the English language as a topic for discussion in another blog post. Cheerio LOL
P.S For fun, count how many times I wrote ‘right’ LOL