The LOL Enigma

I was just thinking of the way we type ‘lol’ offhandedly. I bet it’s been a long time since you thought lol was ‘laugh out loud’. Of course you know it’s laugh out loud, but it has become a word in itself.

lol, like lull, and it’s funny. That’s what we tend to think when we type lol unto the screen. We tend to think lull not laugh out loud. Just to show the way doing something over and over again could have a lasting effect on us.

I once made this quote; We are ruled by consistency, not commonsense. As long as we do it every day, it makes sense (see below).


At first, LOL would have clearly meant ‘laugh out loud’. But with time, lol now means lol. And that’s just the way it is.


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