A friend of mine was criticized for her “endless LOLs” and considered breaking herself of the habit. Fortunately she reconsidered.

So what does LOL mean? How is it used? According to Wikipedia, it was first used as an initialization for “little old lady” (that’s me!) Then it meant “laughing out loud” and even “lots of luck” or “lots of love”. But now it isn’t used so much as a reaction to something hilarious but more as a way to lighten the conversation.

And that’s a lot closer to the way my friend uses it. She uses it to convey lightheartedness and joy. When she uses it she reminds me of Snoopy dancing with exuberance. And we all know what Snoopy would do if Lucy told him he was acting like a buffoon:

So this LOL (Little Old Lady) says to you all (critics included), Lots of Luck and Lots of Love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Keep dancing.


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15 Responses to LOL!

  1. Cindi says:

    Ya know what I can’t stand?
    People who feel free to criticize someone else for using a phrase or word.
    Unless it’s profanity, I could understand that.
    But to criticize someone for LAUGHING OUT LOUD?
    Wow, they need to look in the mirror and think about how they might need to find a way to lighten up and not be so picky and petty.
    I just hope her response to such negativity was to say the letters out loud and laugh insanely.
    Yep, Snoopy knows best.
    That’s what this BOL thinks (big old lady)
    Happy Valentines Day!
    Cindi´s last blog post ..Blue

  2. Linda Sand says:

    I’ll be disappointed if she ever stop using LOL to cheer us all up.

  3. tammy j says:

    the resident happy buffoon and Snoopy lover is weighing in.
    it’s so GREAT to be among such friends.
    and I always thought that BOL meant bark out loud! LOLOL!!!
    love you guys.
    tammy j´s last blog post ..that day in the middle of february

  4. I was confused about the term, but finally decided that ‘laughing out loud’ is the most apt use. But use of initials, like emojis, become irritating, if applied too liberally, LOL!
    still the lucky few´s last blog post ..Honor the Memory of a Loved One with a Home Memorial Service

  5. nick says:

    Lots of people hate Valentine’s Day and complain it’s just another commercial opportunity, but I love it. Jenny and I had chocolates and wine to mark the occasion. But then I’m just a sentimental old fool!
    nick´s last blog post ..One or two?

  6. Rummuser says:

    During my initial days with facebook, I found LOL quite disconcerting and conducted some research to find out what it was all about. There is an oft used statement “For laughing out loud” which got reduced to LOL. Another variation came ROFTL meaning Rolling On The Floor Laughing.

    I have a friend who refuses to use these two terms and instead uses heh heh!

  7. Cathy in NZ says:

    I used to use them a lot – a friend of mine uses YMMV (your mileage may vary) when she suggesting take this with a grain of salt, if you think what I’m saying may not be reight…

    Of course, I get a lot grammar problems, missed bits of words/letters and general other strainge spellings comingthrough on my keyboard – nothing to do with me!!”


    • Jean says:

      I like YMMV! It’s somewhat similar to DPLDT (different people like different things). Yes, keyboards do garble our messages sometimes, but usually enough gets through that sympathetic readers can understand what we’re trying to say and don’t mind.

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