When you say LOL, do you really Laugh Out Loud?

Philippines
September 2, 2008 11:16am CST
I usually don't but I just type it anyway. I often encounter people online who would use "LOL". I also receive responses to my text messages with "LOL". Just few minutes back, the one I am chatting with kept typing it. So I just wondered, was she really laughing out loud? Or is "LOL" more like an emoticon nowadays? I also wonder if people who often use "LMAO" really laugh their A** out. LOL! Now, I am really laughing out loud!
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@gbolly54 (661)
• Nigeria
2 Sep 08
LOL (laugh out loud) is essentially intended to make the reader being addressed to realize that the writer has intended the matter in question to be taken in the lighter mood. Specifically, lol may imply: -This is really funny; I know you are laughing overthere. -I'm just joking; don't take me seriously. -See how stupidly or foolishly I have behaved or acted. In the 3 examples given above, it is the first one that might actually induce a loud laughter in the reader at the other end. The other two might simply produce a smile or even an ordinary nod. I make use of lol often when I want my object to laugh over what I have written, whether it can evoke involuntary laughter or not, or when I mean not to be taken too seriously, or when I have done something that evokes shame.
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Very well said!!!
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• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Wow, very serious words...but then I don't understand...usually the word lol is used as a quick reply by the respondent and not the one who told a statement to be laughed at or not to be taken seriously.
@bunzor (303)
2 Sep 08
I use 'haha' if I find something funny but I'm not physically laughing at it and I use LOL or LMAO if I am actually laughing
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• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Cool, we're kind of opposite.
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
There are also times when I use "haha" or "hahaha" if I find something funny...
@Dadexter (438)
• Pakistan
2 Sep 08
First of all I would like to Say...A very good Discussion man!! Yes I use this term quite ofter, but I thought it means "Lots Of Laughters", For this I did never mean that at this very moment I am Laughing out loud, or something like this...This is just to point that I find something funny,...as has been said by the above respondednt..!! Thanks for the discussion man!!!
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• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Coolness. Yeah the discussion is very good. For me the first time I ever heard the term I already asked what it means, because I might be saying a bad word. Here in the Philippines, there's a bad word 'ULOL'. So if you say it fast, it sounds like 'lol'...heehee.
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Thanks for sharing... by the way, I am NOT a man...
@ramangill (1479)
• India
4 Sep 08
lol,haha and i am laughing now. lol
@jinxky (2251)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
yeah sometimes i laugh out loud but sometimes i use it as an expression. i never use LMAO as my expression coz the meaning of that is LAUGHING WITH MY A*SS OUT! hehehe.. & i'm not laughing with my a** out LOL
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
ohh...that's a joke? LMAO!!!
@ecogal (522)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Most of the time I do. Why else type it, if it doesn't make you laugh out loud?
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• United States
3 Sep 08
lol (lol)
2 Sep 08
Hi dolc_vita, LOL, I think it really an expression of how the person is feeling at that moment and yes it could be laughing but then again I would jus type ha ha ha or chuckle chuckle or mybe not he he LOL! I do go on. Tamara
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• Philippines
3 Sep 08
indeed...lots of different ways to express our emotions!
@Anne18 (11034)
2 Sep 08
Yes LOL means laugh out loud, its a text thing
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Yeah we all know it already...The question is are you laughing out loud when using those words in chatting?
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Hi dolce_vita! lol..Now I am laughing so hard because I am imagining people laughing their A** out. haha...Whenever, I type "lol", I do am laughing and it is the same as when I just type, "haha". I guess, whether we are true about it or not, we all just want to convey a good feeling of humor and happiness around whenever we type lol or haha.. Take care always..God Bless!
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Not really laughing out loud. But I am laughing inside my head when I use the emoticon . I don't really use the word LOL in online conversations. I use "hehe" when I laugh. Have a nice day!
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
2 Sep 08
yes. I do actually laugh out loud when I say lol. But not like a ha, ha, ha, but more of a giggle like hee, hee, hee. But most of the time I just say hee, hee, hee istead of lol anyways. It reminds me of how Peter from Family Guy laughs, but probably just because that's what I'm watching right now. I think that most people don't laugh though. I think that lol and lmao are both more of an emoticon. Well see ya later. Good discussion by the way.
• United States
2 Sep 08
I use it way too often I noticed, it is almost like an emoticon these days. Anyway I wish you could LMAO, that would be very convenient since I am definitly not lacking in the posterior, I would love to laugh some of it off!
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@cjfoust (614)
• United States
2 Sep 08
LOL - after reading this I was laughing out loud. I often wonder the same thing about people. Do they find what I said really funny or are they just trying to make me feel good? I think LOL may not mean the person is actually laughing out loud, but they do find what you said or typed to be funny or comical.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
2 Sep 08
i do love to laugh so when I say "lol" I am really laughing out loud. People dont beleive me till they her me on the phone. I am a giggler and i love to make others laugh and smile. Have a good one LOL
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@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
2 Sep 08
most of the time, i'm really am... otherwise, i won't type LOL... and i hardly use this term when i am posting or responding anyway... i never use the term LMAO as i never really laugh that hard when reading discussions here... take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Sometimes when I use LOL, I am actually laughing out loud. There are some funny people on my lot, and I just want them to know I appreciate their humor. Sometimes, reading their discussions or responses to another discussion makes my day, because it made me laugh out loud. Sometimes, I read something funny or cute and just smile to myself. Some times I chuckle.
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@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
2 Sep 08
[i]Hi dolce, Honestly, I am not really laughing hard all the time...It's just like I am accustomed already to write LOL! almost every end of my statement and I do realize this also that " why i am tryping this where in fact I am not really laughing" LOL! But, a lot of times, I really mean my LOL![/i]
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@gemini_rose (16192)
2 Sep 08
It is funny you should ask this, I was considering this very thing when I was texting my hubby the other day and I used LOL. Although I only did a little chuckle, I just had visions of me laughing out loud with a huge braying laugh or something and it is the vision I have of someone whenever I see it! No, I do not really laugh out loud, I may chuckle slightly but not a huge belly laugh!
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@moondancer (7433)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Yes, I usually do lol, od giggle a good bit...but putting giggle is so long I just put lol.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
2 Sep 08
the vast majority of the time, I actually do laugh out loud. It has become a point of honour for me when this happens that i let the person who has made it happen know blessed be
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@MissGia (955)
• United States
3 Sep 08
100% of the time when i type LOL i am really laughing out loud. If i wasn't laughing that would make me a liar :)
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• Philippines
3 Sep 08
yeah yeah.