Oxford English Dictionary goes downmarket LOL

Posted on by Mike Evans

It’s rather sad to see the dreadful LOL (lots of laughs) has entering the venerable Oxford English Dictionary. Perhaps the academics are trying to be too hip. I suppose LOL and lolling and lollable are evidence of the vibrancy and adaptability of the English language, but I’m not sure I welcome them. Or OMG for that matter. Whatever happened to the far more amusing ROFL (roll on the floor with laughter), I wonder? I used to use it in the old Compuserve days when internet chat was akin to tuning in an early crystal set with a whisker and all at an unreliable 360 baud. You needed abbreviations in case you were cut off in mid chortle. Those were the days, LOL.

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