Depending on how you see it, LOL can mean two things: “Laugh Out Loud” or “Lots of Love”. In the first instance, the word meant “lots of love”, and was used in text messages to send love to relatives. But, like the English language itself, new words have been added, and old ones have been improved.
LOL was one of those that has been improved over recent years. Now meaning to laugh out loud, or to basically laugh in any way, shape, or form, this has become the most known use of the acronym, and has now become a word people say (pronounced: [l – oll]). But because of this, the LOL can lead to confusion, and maybe even controversy. Many people have now heard the joke, where a text can be misinterpreted, but a change in the meaning of LOL can cause problems. For example, this text below:
John, your goldfish has died. LOL.
The sender of the message clearly meant “lots of love”, and has yet to been informed of the change. But the receiver, John, may believe this to be “laugh out loud”, which can change the whole meaning of the text…
Personally, I’ve grown up with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and many people resort to acronyms and abbreviations to get their point across in the easiest way possible. Because of this, the use of LOL has since been promoted as meaning “laugh out loud”. But yet, it is still debatable.
What about you? What do you think the meaning of LOL is? Comment below!
This post was written in response to this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge.