I'm talking about LOL. I know many of the literati aren't fond of it but for simple, day-to-day communications, such as texts or comments left on the internet, it seems to do the trick, particularly in helping interpret the meaning within a message.
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A man has taken credit for this widely used acronym. His name is Wayne Pearson. He says that during the time he was a student (during the 80's) he used it on a basic electronic bulletin board in a type of chat room of that time called Viewline. Pearson goes on to state "I always emphasized (and still do) that it was meant to be used only if you truly laughed out loud." I found this fascinating tidbit in an article in the Huffington Post.
LOL has a checkered past as indicated by just a few of the other phrases it has stood for historically. LOL has positive and negative uses. I wish I had known for example, it stands for Lots of Love and Lots of Luck. I could have saved some time and ink.
All is well. People use it a lot. Others claim to hate it and hold it up as a sign of our disintegrating use of the English language. I don't participate in the public flogging of acronyms, it's just that when LOL is coupled with the exclamation point, that I want to weigh in. Needless to say, LOL! is over the top, after all, you're already holding your belly, keeling over and laughing your guts out. What more can you offer your recipient?
LOL, is quite enough.
Notes on my Theme:
This post is written for the 2015 A to Z Challenge. During this challenge, participating bloggers post once a day, in alphabetical order. This is done 6 days per week. Sundays are off. My theme presents words that are exciting. These words serve as thematic motifs in my writing. My theme also revolves around exclamation points. The words I've chosen to explore can replace or stand alone from the dreaded exclamation point, which writers are urged to avoid.