is it wrong to say "lol"?

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    Mar 22, 2009 9:36 AM GMT
    everyone i know pronounces it "L" "O" "L" spelling it out. However i find it way easier to say just "lol"; but when I say it like that they laugh at me...come on letter by letter takes a life to say such a simple word.

    thoughts?
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    Mar 22, 2009 9:48 AM GMT
    it's lol
    ell oh ell is too long for an abbreviation.
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    Mar 22, 2009 10:30 AM GMT
    I say rofl in real life. I'm far too cool.
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    Mar 22, 2009 10:44 AM GMT
    only in texting if you're trying to make sure that someone knows you're joking. DO NOT use in formal business writing or in regular correspondence - it makes you look very young. (can you tell I teach and that this is a pet peeve of mine?)icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 22, 2009 11:36 AM GMT
    jprichva said"Pronounces" it? Who the hell says that out loud?


    come on i can think of a couple situations where you might need to say it out loud.

    1 - I was trying to talk to him but he goes like lol all the time(on the chatroom)
    2 - How did you like the lolcat i tagged on your facebook?
    3 - How would you read a chat convo to a friend if he asks you to? are you gonna be like "ehhh...he is laughing..." everytime you find a lol ?

    I didnt make this up, Ive been through this a few times already.

    so I was wondering what would be the best way to pronounce it. For some reason canadians find "lol" weird, they always say ell oh ell
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    Mar 22, 2009 11:43 AM GMT
    I was reading an article that teenagers do say it in conversation to each other now.

    But you know, like, ironically.
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    Mar 22, 2009 12:44 PM GMT
    Lost_And_Found saidI was reading an article that teenagers do say it in conversation to each other now.

    But you know, like, ironically.


    thats also true, not only teens though but also guys under 30 in general
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    Mar 22, 2009 12:54 PM GMT
    I don't know anyone who uses LOL in a conversation, spelled or spoken. Now many do spell out T-M-I when someone is revealing intimate details they don't wanna hear, but I can't think of any other texting shortcuts used that way in actual conversation among my friends & associates.
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    Mar 22, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidI don't know anyone who uses LOL in a conversation, spelled or spoken. Now many do spell out T-M-I when someone is revealing intimate details they don't wanna hear, but I can't think of any other texting shortcuts used that way in actual conversation among my friends & associates.


    ok ill put the question easier since many of you never faced a situation where you actually had to use it in a conversation:

    when you read it...how does it sound like in your head? "lol" or "ell oh ell"
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
    I always use lol rather than LOL and I have NEVER seen anyone write "Laughing Out Loud"
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:14 PM GMT
    Maybe saying "lol" aloud can actually take the place of cumbersome, time-consuming, ha-ha genuine laughter, allowing us all to get more done in a day.

    Taking that line of thinking a step further, maybe we can all paint Joker smiles on our faces to replace the time-consuming task of having to actually smile when something makes us happy.

    Maybe it's time for we invented shortcuts for all of the stale shortcuts we're currently taking.
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:32 PM GMT
    I say lol.

    It's not 'ell oh ell' cats is it? icon_wink.gif

    But, how the f**k do you pronounce ROFLMAO?
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:41 PM GMT
    milewest saidMaybe saying "lol" aloud can actually take the place of cumbersome, time-consuming, ha-ha genuine laughter, allowing us all to get more done in a day.

    Taking that line of thinking a step further, maybe we can all paint Joker smiles on our faces to replace the time-consuming task of having to actually smile when something makes us happy.

    Maybe it's time for we invented shortcuts for all of the stale shortcuts we're currently taking.


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    Mar 22, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    Lost_And_Found saidI say lol.

    It's not 'ell oh ell' cats is it? icon_wink.gif

    But, how the f**k do you pronounce ROFLMAO?


    how do you pronounce IHNFC????

    I Have No F**** Clue
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
    charlitos saidwhen you read it...how does it sound like in your head? "lol" or "ell oh ell"

    Neither. As with most abbreviations, if I hear a mental voice at all (and I don't always) I think of the full word or phrase. I only think of the letters if that's the common way the abbreviation is spoken.

    For instance, I think of state abbreviations as the full state when I read them. CA = California, NJ = New Jersey, etc. I don't think of "cah" or "see-ay." In the case of LOL, I think of laughing out loud.

    On the other hand, "US" for United States remains "you-ess" as it's spoken. And now this whole thing has become TMI for me at this hour, and I'm getting another cup of morning coffee...
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    I think the use of the acronyms can be tremendously funny (any number of them) when they are spelled out phonetically...speaking them out the way they are spelled would probably confuse far too many folks
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    Mar 22, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    LOL , I think it is a good "G"!
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    Mar 22, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    charlitos saidwhen you read it...how does it sound like in your head? "lol" or "ell oh ell"

    Neither. As with most abbreviations, if I hear a mental voice at all (and I don't always) I think of the full word or phrase. I only think of the letters if that's the common way the abbreviation is spoken.

    For instance, I think of state abbreviations as the full state when I read them. CA = California, NJ = New Jersey, etc. I don't think of "cah" or "see-ay." In the case of LOL, I think of laughing out loud.

    On the other hand, "US" for United States remains "you-ess" as it's spoken. And now this whole thing has become TMI for me at this hour, and I'm getting another cup of morning coffee...


    ugh...I guess it depends on how familiar you are with the abbreviation it self and how do you use it. You think of lol as laughing out loud, but normally I dont think of lol as "laughing out loud" the meaning of it is in some kind of limbo, its less than "haha", its just like smiling at a joke without saying a word, thats what I think of lol.

    however lmfao does go in my head as "laugh my f*** ass off".

    but in the case of lol, many people go like "lollllll" which actually means the same as "hahahaha". How does "lollllllll" goes in your head? laughing out loud loud loud loud loud loud?
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    Mar 22, 2009 2:45 PM GMT
    The only time I have ever seen LOL is in texting. People actually say this in a conversation? I need to interact with young people more.
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    Mar 22, 2009 3:01 PM GMT
    I say it as "lawl".

    I'm also fond of cracking out a roflcopter or omgwtfbbq when i get a chance.

    And yes. I have no friends. :-/
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    Mar 22, 2009 3:42 PM GMT
    If anyone actually said lol to me I would think they were saying lull at first and be confused.
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    Mar 22, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    funny pictures
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    Mar 22, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    For years this would piss me off. LOL? Why the hell do you keep calling me a Little Old Lady?
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    Mar 22, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    charlitos saideveryone i know pronounces it "L" "O" "L" spelling it out. However i find it way easier to say just "lol"; but when I say it like that they laugh at me...come on letter by letter takes a life to say such a simple word.

    thoughts?


    I type nearly 80 WPM, so it's not much additional effort to type "you're really stupid and I'm sitting here laughing out loud at you." I still type LOL, LMAO, LMFAO, and such, but, don't get into jive or text shortcuts.
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    Mar 22, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    When people LOL, are they REALLY LOL'ing?

    And has anyone experienced a person saying LOL instead of laughing?