How the “LOL” phrase changed our communication

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The popular internet slang “LOL” was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2011.

But no matter how much irony we cake it in, the L-word grinds the ears of many people over the age of 25.

On the other hand, some people are “anti-LOL”, they do fantasize LOL-ageddon:

“If something is funny, ‘ha’, ‘hehehehe’, or ‘hee hee’ is perfectly fine depending on the joke, and more descriptive than ‘lol’,” they claim.

Another complains that lol “doesn’t sound anything like laughter. In fact you physically CAN’T say it while smiling. I’m all for bastardisation of the language, but with lol, that thing you thought was rubbish really is rubbish”.

Wags point out that “LOL” is almost always disingenuous. “How many people are actually laughing out loud when they say LOL?” asks David Crystal, author of Language and the Internet.

But is “LOL” really a product of lazy or childish character?

I don’t think so!

LOL was first discovered at the end of emails in the 1990s,then kids picked it up and upgraded its status(LOL).

Hence, using the LOL phrase does depict childish character or nonchalance, it is a slang that has come to stay wether we like it or not.

 

 

 

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