Not a laughing matter

The Guardian’s Sam Leith doesn’t see the humor in LOL:

In the last decade it has effortlessly overtaken “The cheque’s in the post” and “I love you” as the most-often-told lie in human history. Out loud? Really? And, to complicate things, people are now saying LOL out loud, which is especially banjaxing since you can’t simultaneously say “LOL” and laugh aloud unless you can laugh through your arse. Or say “LOL” through your arse, I suppose, which makes a sort of pun because, linguistically speaking, LOL is now a form of phatic communication. See what I did there? Mega-LOL!

Bonus points for “banjaxing.” As it happens, “banjaxed” is an Irish term for “broken or unusable, usually by result of violent damage.” (Admittedly, I JFGI’ed.)


  1. Jennifer »

    10 June 2013 · 12:53 pm

    *Laugh Quietly To Myself

  2. Roger Green »

    10 June 2013 · 12:54 pm

    I only write LOL when it’s true.

  3. fillyjonk »

    10 June 2013 · 12:58 pm

    I have laughed out loud over stuff I’ve seen online. Usually a short, percussive “HA” followed by my typing, “Okay, that made me LOL for real.”

    I’m guessing Sam Leith isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs to be with, himself.

  4. sya »

    10 June 2013 · 6:28 pm

    It makes my eyes cross when people start supplementing all of their periods with LOL.

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