Throughout the history of mankind (or humankind if we are being politically correct), people have laughed as a response to funny things. It started with what I can only assume was a smiled grunt emanating from a bearded caveman with personal hygiene issues, as he watched his caveman mate bang his head on their cave doorway. In more recent times it has evolved into what we call laughter.
In the modern age however, with the advent of computers and the internet, humankind found the need to evolve once more so that we could convey laughter in the written form. This enabled us to use text to show other people how funny we found that video of a dog knocking somebody off their bike.
This isn’t really funny but I know that you just made a joke so take this sympathy reaction
OK that was kind of funny but not
Now you’re talking
OMG that was
Mockingly laughing at somebody. For example, after they have just fallen over.
Capital letters convey shouting therefore this is actually the text equivalent of laughing out loud.
Using the same theory, this is showing laughing out loud for an extended period.
Not a reaction like the others but an abbreviation which means Laugh Out Loud. LOL is also the stupidest saying in existence.
Why LOL is stupid
Written language was created to convey what you would say out aloud, but in a permanent form others can read. If you are talking about your car, you write the word car. If you are talking about walking, then you use the word walking.
Using that logic, if you laugh at something then you would use some combination of the letters ha depending on how funny you found it. You don’t say Laugh Out Loud when somebody makes a joke in real life unless you are a complete fucking douchebag.
The trouble with typing LOL is that people who do so often suffer from LOL tourettes; they use it at the end of every sentence and cannot help themselves. You know they type I’m talking about.
“Just going out for dinner LOL”
“I’m sick LOL”
“Watching a movie LOL”
There is absolutely nothing funny about any of those things that has caused you to physically laugh out loud. Nothing. You’ve just written LOL because you didn’t know what else to write and you are a moron.
Writing LOL is awkward and its weird and its stupid and .
Worse than LOL
It gets worse. Whereas people who use haha tend to extend their ha’s depending on how funny they found something, people who use LOL often resort to either;
Can you see how stupid this is?
Are you saying Laugh out out out out out out out loud loud loud loud loud loud loud loud?
Are you saying Laugh out loud out loud out loud out loud? Is this LOL-fucking-ception?
Things are changing though, according to this study undertaken by Facebook people aren’t saying LOL any more, instead they are starting to use variations of hahaha, which makes much more sense.