I hate LOL. I mean I do love ‘laughing out loud’ or ‘lots of laughter’ or whatever other meaning you attach to it.
I just hate the LOL word. When I was introduced to the word for the first time during an intense chat session with a friend, I thought it was mighty cool. It was the year 2007, and if I remember right, pointed-toe heels and narrow belts were in vogue too. But just like the runways of Singapore, things had to change and colours and designs have to be moved aside for new ones to take their place.
Unfortunately, the LOL word stuck on the Internet and boy oh boy did it stick hard. It makes any Fevicol advert pale into shameful, unsticky unworthiness.
The abuse and over-use of the word makes me crazy. Ok, so you found that video/message/post funny. Well perhaps, an occasional LOL is fine. But sometimes do resort to a simple Haha, a Hehe and for the fairer sex, the demure Teehee perhaps?
If it’s evil-funny, maybe the resourceful Buahahaha or Muahahaha. Or even a “Mugamabo khush hua!” (Nothing beats Amresh Puri)
There have been a few sightings of Hik hik hik comments too on my Facebook wall page. I am not very sure of this usage. I am assuming this means you laughed so hard, a very unfortunate bout of hiccups has started off?
But please people, no more LOL this, LOL that and worse, the LOL(s) and LOL(z) (catering to both American and British spellings)
What is LOL(s) anyway? You mean you are laughing out loud(s) or there has been lots of laughter(s)? Either way it’s wrong, laughter is already plural! Go open your Wren and Martin Pg 253 NOW!
Then there is LOL’s evil twin ROFL. People use your ROFLs wisely and sparsely. Unless you are a sturdy new set of Goodyear rubber tyres, there is no reason why you would be rolling on the ground comfortably for everything.
I have a long list of words to crib about, but to keep it simple and ‘LOLsome’ let’s stick to favourites here:
1. Hmmm… : Rescue word for the snobbish/uber-busy but yet logged in/ stalling for time chat friend.
2. Smiley obsessed: “I was like 😛 n he goes like 😀 n I am like ????”
3. Mr/Miss. Monosyllable:
Me: “Blah blah, then the baby fell off the bed, blah, sob….then I got pneumonia and almost died, then I won the Booker prize …brag, brag…. But now I have disowned worldly riches and I am off to the Himalayas….this is our last chat. Ciao! Nice knowing you!”
Response: “Oic….ok” (or also the thoughtful and versatile hmmm…is a good candidate here)
Stopping now. Weekend almost here. Have a good one. If I get a decent response on the post I might write a sequel.
BRB … next week that is.