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    I say lol for comments that are not funny enough to put a hahahaha.
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    I say it as lolll. I use it in real life when my fake laughing capabillities are failing me.
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    When I was about 12 and 13 it was used in chat rooms frequently. I'm pretty sure it originated from America too.
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    Have heard people say it in real life. Or sometimes someone is on here recounting a story "and then my teacher said 'you have detention lol' ".
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    It can also stand for 'Lord oh Lord', which is a sophisticated way of saying 'What the f****' which is how I feel about this thread. So LOL
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    (Original post by Alex_Olney)
    Ok, so I would happily put money on saying that 90% or more of the active users on this forum use the word 'lol' frequently throughout online conversing. I don't want to make an estimate on how many people use it in real-life situations as well, but it's probably over 50%.

    My question is... Why?

    I've never seen the appeal of the acronym, and can't remember the last time I used it (other than an example in this thread you eagle-eyed witty users, you), and I have no intention of starting.

    Why has this become such a staple in the world of the internet? How often do you write it without actually laughing out loud? When you read it do you read it as 'loll' or 'L-O-L'? Why does nobody seem to know that 'loll' is an actual word and has been around for centuries?
    I do know that 'loll' is a real word. However, 'lol' is very over-used these days to the point of it almost serving as a full-stop. I myself use it rather a lot on BBM, and no, I hardly ever laugh out loud. I use ROFL if I'm laughing out loud. It's all basically an exaggeration.
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    (Original post by CoffeeStinks)
    I say lol for comments that are not funny enough to put a hahahaha.

    Hahahaha always sounds like a tired laugh to me. I put lol if I'm just smiling and LOL if its a big smile and LOOOL if the smallest giggle escapes me.
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    (Original post by thunder_chunky)
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    That is actually a good example of where I would use the term "lol."
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    I'm with the OP in sentiment if not in fervour. I've never used the term myself - only when quoting. I personally think it's childish, unimaginative and indicative of laziness and/or a lack of vocabulary.

    If others want to use it, then fine. Not for me, though.
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    (Original post by alex_olney)
    i don't want to make an estimate on how many people use it in real-life situations as well, but it's probably over 50%.
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    personally, i think it's dying. it was pretty cool in the old days of msn but i think people are trying to avoid now unless they're intending to make fun out or something. i tend to stick to the much more sophisticated, 'haha'. works for me!
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    (Original post by TheSadReaper)
    a) you're a complete and utter idiot who lives in his mums basement.
    b) you're a complete and utter idiot who lives in his mums basement lol.

    lol, makes hard things to say, easy.
    yep, this
 
 
 
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