By Deane Barker on March 30, 2007

I’m Typing LOL: This cracked me up. LOL!

Billy is typing LOL…but does he mean it?

Seriously, when you last typed “LOL,” were you actually laughing out loud?



  1. Yeah, some of my geek friends have pretty much boycotted the term. I always think twice before using it, and only use it on those relatively rare occasions when I actually laugh out loud.

    There are plenty of other ways to express levels of amusement… I think mine range from basic smiley emoticons, “hehe” (virtual chuckle), “hahahahaha” (very funny, I may have even done a quiet laugh), “uh huhuh huhuhuh” (funny in a beavis & butt-head kind of way), etc.

    Beyond all of those, if I really laugh out loud, I’ll say LOL. I refuse to go so far as ROTFL, though. I can think of very few instances when I’ve actually done anything like that, for real, so it’s just too much!

    Anyways, funny video, thanks for sharing!

  2. I think at this point “lol” no longer means “laugh out loud”. I mean, it still technically stands for it, but it has a completely different meaning now. I remember just having a similar conversation about “WTF” and whether it still means exactly what it originally did (with profane connotation and all), and I think the consensus was “no, it has a meaning of its own now”. Same with STFU, ROFL, and a large number of chat acronyms.

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