LOL, emoticons, and other pet peeves?
June 3, 2007 7:40am CST
Anybody else have a problem with LOL in messages? It may be just me, but LOL (laugh out loud), seems, I don't know, slightly hysterical, and quite fake. Or maybe it's just that it seems to be used as a dismissive laugh, as in "that's laughable". I'm probably paranoid, but doesn't LOL imply, LOL at you (LOLAY), and not LOL with you (LOLWY). I have less of a problem with emoticons, which can be interpreted just as signals of the intent of a statement, to get the tone of a message right. But I admit the classic smiley seems just a bit too smug, 'cat got the cream', aren't I clever. :-) (see what I mean?). And I never know whether to interpret :-( as "I am so depressed about this", or "that's SO sad, but, hey, let's move on". And of course there are a whole bunch of these emoticons that are obscure enough that I'm not sure what they mean precisely. I need video mail. Or maybe not, seeing as how I don't even want to attach my picture to my profile on this site. :-) Anyone else have pet peeves with these types of Internet short-cuts intended to make mailing, texting more expressive?
3 Jun 07
I gotta admit, more than anything else, I do have a problem with "lol", I always have, and I don't even know why. I hate using it myself, and never do, I usually go for "ha ha" if i wanna express laughter. But never lol. I don't mind when other people use it, it's their choice. And in fact I get it a lot, cuz I usually try to make funny conversations, so I'm seeing "lol" all over the place, I guess people also use it when they insert a comment which is not meant to be insulting but funny, but since we don't have the advantage of tone and manner in written word, so that one word can, I guess, change the whole meaning of such a sentence. But I would still go with 'ha ha'. Smileys, well I just recently started using those, mainly because I like to comment on all of the responses I get in my discussions, but sometimes and that is very rare, if I had nothing to say I would say something very general and insert a happy smiley. Nothing wrong with that. I guess if we use them wisely and not over do it, they could really aid the written conversation. One smiley I did recently discover was the crying smiley. I've been wanting to use that one but haven't had a chance to yet. this one :'(
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3 Jun 07
Thanks for the thoughtful response! I do like that crying smiley. There are definitely some creative smileys. My posting was mostly tongue-in-cheek. Certainly I don't really object to LOL or other emoticons. But I do find LOL a kind of mixed signal, as being laughed at is not necessarily a good thing.