can somebody explain me what's the meaning of "lol" i don't know what that means

@HDHORDA4 (679)
India
June 28, 2011 12:50am CST
well i have seen lot of people say lol i wonder what that means?do you have any idea what lol means actually ? if yes then explain it to me
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@owlwings (44046)
• Cambridge, England
28 Jun 11
I think that these contractions came about first on Instant Messaging sites and Bulletin Boards. I certainly remember seeing them long before SMS was invented. They happened to begin with because people needed to express emotions along with their messages but only had the basic text characters (all 125 of them!) to play with - so things like ":-)" or ":)"(happy), ":-(" or ":(" (sad), ":D" (laughing) and ";)" (winking) became common. Then came the things like "LOL" ('laughing/laughs out loud' - but sometimes used for 'lots of love'), "IMO" or "IMHO" ('in my [humble] opinion'), "ROTFL" ('rolling/rolls on floor laughing') and many others. As I recall, they weren't used JUST to save space and time when typing but it also meant that you were part of the "in" crowd if you understood and used them. I remember my own and several other people's embarrassment at having to ask what they meant! There are now a HUGE number of accepted emoticons (and the list grows all the time) with some being used more by some cultures than others. Here is a list of a few of them: http://www.netlingo.com/smileys.php Here is a very long list of "txt" and Internet acronyms (including "LOL"): http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php
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@HDHORDA4 (679)
• India
28 Jun 11
hhmmm i guess you have a very good knowledge of words and vocablary and thanks for providing me that link have a nice day.
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@angelo315 (232)
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
Hi hdhorda4. Like what they said, lol is an abbreviation for laughing out loud. It is an internet slang. It is like BWL which means bursting with laughter. I've heard that Oxford english dictionary added popular internet slang terms to its pages, including lol. :)
@HDHORDA4 (679)
• India
28 Jun 11
hhmmmm i didn't knew about "bwl" before i think i m getting new things to learn here.yes now i know that what's the meaning of lol thanks.
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@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
I remember telling off a friend because she sent me a text message that says LOL. I really thought that she meant to say a word in our dialect which means imbecile. When I told her off, she sent another big LOL and told me it simply means laugh out loud and that she was laughing at my joke. Cheers!
@HDHORDA4 (679)
• India
28 Jun 11
hhmmm i should say you are pretty much enjoying your life and that's the way it should be.
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@Jemina (5773)
28 Jun 11
It simple means "laugh out loud". But because it's too long to write they just use the acronym. You may also see acronym ROFL and it stands for Rolling on the Floor Laughing.
@HDHORDA4 (679)
• India
28 Jun 11
well thanks for that i actually didn't knew what that means anyways happy mylotting.