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What does “LOL” really mean?

By this point in most people’s online lives, they use the letters “lol” which generally is an acronym for “laugh out loud”quite loosely and throw it at the end of sentences out of habit.

If you think about it, LOL actually has other subconscious meanings and intents for the person tacking it on to a sentence or using it in reply to someone’s Twitter post, Facebook status or blog post update. Here are some other subliminal meanings  of LOL that may have gone unnoticed.

  • LOL – I can’t think of anything else to say.
  • LOL- I’m criticizing you but don’t want you to take it too personally so I’m putting this here to lighten the mood of my reply in hopes you don’t go off on me.
  • LOL- Aww, cute you made a little joke.
  • LOL- That’s kind of funny, in a lame, stale, quasi-humorous sort of way.
  • LOL – I don’t want to leave you hanging and not reply, so here you go.
  • LOL- This was not worth an ROFL, LMAO, LMBO or a LLS.
  • LOL- Why are you on my timeline commenting?
  • LOL – You don’t have work to do during the day?
  • LOL – It really isn’t that deep, but thanks for the thesis explanation anyway.
  • LOL – Don’t take anything I’ve said before this too seriously. I’m just yammering to be yammering
  • LOL – Aren’t we suppose to end all comments this way?

What else? Add your own!

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Jeneba “JJ Ghatt”,is editor at, an online hub where she helps social media butterfly who empowers digital entrepreneurs and professionals to create great things online at her online learning platform Digital Publishing Academy.  She is an editor of tech blog and founded the annual 200 Black Women to Follow On Twitter List. Read her bio, then get all of her online & digital biz startup advice and tools in one spot here!

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