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To LOL, or not LOL? That is the question
hosted ^ | Mar 6 | MARTHA IRVINE

Posted on 03/06/2011 2:32:45 PM PST by JoeProBono

CHICAGO - There was a time when LOL - "laughing out loud" - was so simple.

If I thought something in a casual online conversation was funny, I typed it. If I wanted to let someone know I was kidding in an e-mail or an instant message, same.

I might've even felt a little cool, using inside lingo that, at one time, was exclusive to the online world. (You know I'm not the only one who thought so.)

Today, though, I'm sensing a shift, even in my own thoughts about LOL. Certainly, it's as ubiquitous as ever. Just search for it on Twitter or Facebook to see how often people use it. Not exactly deep and meaningful stuff, mind you, but there sure is a lot of it.

Perhaps that's why, at least in some circles, LOL has lost its cachet. And at its worst, it's making people a little cranky......

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Humor
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1 posted on 03/06/2011 2:32:51 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

ROTFL.


2 posted on 03/06/2011 2:33:54 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL...


3 posted on 03/06/2011 2:35:34 PM PST by Old Sarge (Marking Time On The Government's Dime)
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To: JoeProBono
And at its worst, it's making people a little cranky......

They needs to be getting a life, you know?

4 posted on 03/06/2011 2:37:24 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: JoeProBono

I have a simple rule. If I am laughing out loud and want to let the other person know, I type lol. If I am REALLY laughing hard, I type LOL. Otherwise, if I think they said something funny, but didn’t actually laugh out loud, I type hehe or that’s funny, but no lol.


5 posted on 03/06/2011 2:38:10 PM PST by Huck (Mrs. Palin = Christine O'Donnell)
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7 posted on 03/06/2011 2:39:29 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: JoeProBono
LMAO!!
8 posted on 03/06/2011 2:39:47 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: JoeProBono

OLO


9 posted on 03/06/2011 2:40:55 PM PST by rickomatic
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To: JoeProBono
lol

10 posted on 03/06/2011 2:41:44 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just say NO to union greed!)
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To: JoeProBono

Can you laugh not out loud?


11 posted on 03/06/2011 2:42:06 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: JoeProBono

It was over when Katie Couric referred to driving while texting as “turning an LOL into an OMG.”


12 posted on 03/06/2011 2:42:20 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Lazlo in PA


13 posted on 03/06/2011 2:42:55 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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14 posted on 03/06/2011 2:43:42 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Brad's Gramma


15 posted on 03/06/2011 2:46:01 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Your picture made me laugh out loud.


16 posted on 03/06/2011 2:46:03 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just say NO to union greed!)
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17 posted on 03/06/2011 2:46:33 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: JoeProBono

(dare I say it to the hat?) (DARE I????)

LOL!!!!!!!!!


18 posted on 03/06/2011 2:48:20 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: JoeProBono

SQTM *smiling quietly to myself*


19 posted on 03/06/2011 2:48:24 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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Pardon me?


20 posted on 03/06/2011 2:48:52 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: JoeProBono

21 posted on 03/06/2011 2:51:25 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: cripplecreek


22 posted on 03/06/2011 2:52:22 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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Some folks just have to feel that they’re better than other folks...SFJHTFTTBTOF


23 posted on 03/06/2011 2:53:28 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Examples of Serious Crimes of Illegal Aliens at www.fairus.org)
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To: JoeProBono
LOL!


24 posted on 03/06/2011 2:54:22 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL!


25 posted on 03/06/2011 2:55:21 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono

that one is a reallly loud.....LOL


26 posted on 03/06/2011 2:55:50 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Brad's Gramma

LOL! If we didn’t have LOL, what would we do? PMP?


27 posted on 03/06/2011 2:57:12 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono

I recently talked to an older friend who, for years, thought ‘LOL’ meant “Lots Of Love”. When he found out what it actually meant, he sadly had to rethink all those ‘LOLs’ he got from his daughter over the years.


28 posted on 03/06/2011 2:57:38 PM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: rickomatic
OLO

Are you dyslexic? *snicker*

(I've been using *snicker* instead of HEHEHE more - because I don't like HEHEHE, lol)

29 posted on 03/06/2011 2:58:59 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Dallas59


30 posted on 03/06/2011 2:58:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

I believe that Miss Martha needs a hobby.

Column due and nothing to say?


31 posted on 03/06/2011 2:59:24 PM PST by texmexis best
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To: Brad's Gramma
And at its worst, it's making people a little cranky......

....you rang?

grim

32 posted on 03/06/2011 3:01:01 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Examples of Serious Crimes of Illegal Aliens at www.fairus.org)
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To: JoeProBono
ROFLMBO!


33 posted on 03/06/2011 3:01:55 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: trisham

WE would not PMP!!! YOU would P..... wait. That doesn’t work either....

:)

Hey. Did you EVER have to describe LOL to a person who is LOL deficient to begin with....and has NO clue what a forum etc. is all about?

It’s......interesting to say the least.


34 posted on 03/06/2011 3:03:12 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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ROFLMBO!

NO!

YDSOIHYATUBASSADOOAPNTBSA!!! And take Wookie WITH you!

35 posted on 03/06/2011 3:05:28 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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Aaaaahhhhhhhh........suck it up and smile.

It can’t get THAT much worse, can it? ;) :)


36 posted on 03/06/2011 3:06:16 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: goat granny

37 posted on 03/06/2011 3:07:20 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: JoeProBono
LOL has lost its cachet.

Doin' it for the lulz.
38 posted on 03/06/2011 3:07:22 PM PST by andyk (Wealth != Income)
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39 posted on 03/06/2011 3:08:20 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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40 posted on 03/06/2011 3:09:29 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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41 posted on 03/06/2011 3:10:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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42 posted on 03/06/2011 3:12:46 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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43 posted on 03/06/2011 3:13:51 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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I agree with the writer, but don't care enough to write that much about it. A lot of phrases are fads, and a lot of times people put LOL at the end of their own comments when what they wrote wouldn't even qualify for a FIMH (found it mildly humorous.)

On FR, it seems to me the following have past their use by date, and are no longer remotely funny:

Stunned. Beeber. Hugh. The picture of Claude Raines with "I'm shocked." The pictures of Captain Obvious. A moose once bit my sister.

These are becoming like watching a sitcom rerun and wondering how in the world the audience could break into wild cheers because someone said, "Aaay!" or "Whachoo tawkin bout Willis?" or "God'll get you for that." or "You bet your sweet Bippy." They're done. Find something new.

44 posted on 03/06/2011 3:16:21 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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45 posted on 03/06/2011 3:19:03 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

I have a friend who thought the same thing...she had to go on FB to apologize to everyone after she found out that LOL actually meant ‘laugh out loud’. She had been sending notes to friends and family along the lines of “Sorry to hear that your grandma is in the hospital. LOL” and “I just heard that your dog was hit by a car and died. LOL” :-0


46 posted on 03/06/2011 3:20:22 PM PST by missycocopuffs
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47 posted on 03/06/2011 3:22:35 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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Oh geez.........gut wrenching laughter here...


48 posted on 03/06/2011 3:30:52 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: Revolting cat!


49 posted on 03/06/2011 3:31:49 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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50 posted on 03/06/2011 3:37:16 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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