Venus Trapped in Mars

26 June 2013

LOL

This is my protest post to stop the misuse of "LOL".
Are you REALLY laughing out loud? Or are you just sitting on the other end of my text/email using a filler term like LOL to get me to shut up and leave you alone? I'm guessing, the latter.

How many times have you sat at Barnes and Noble and heard an uncontrollable laughing howl coming from the cat lady in the self help section? Never, because written text, when you are BY YOURSELF, isn't FUNNY!! (except your answers to yesterday's post those were LOL worthy)

Recent uses of "LOL" I found wildly inappropriate:

Friend: "Running a couple of minutes late, LOL" 
Ummm... Why are you laughing about making me wait for you? 

Me: Sorry about missing that email, responding now.
Other person: ok, Lol. 
WHAT?

Me (text): I'm so so sorry I am late but my dog got really sick this morning and I had to take care of him. I will be into work a bit late.
Other party: lol. no problem. 
My dog was sick jerk, why are you laughing out loud?
Me: Your friend Tracy is here.
Other person: Oh, Lol. When will she be there until?
Me: 5
Other party: ok, lol. 
 I hate you.

Me: The guy at Starbucks just messed up my drink order.
Other person: lol. 
UHHHHH, that wasn't funny. 

My all-time favorite is when people use LOL after something THEY say. This means you either like to laugh out loud at your own jokes or you are using LOL to imply that it was a joke. You are basically saying, "Hey get it? It was a joke.. get it? I'm laughing out loud, so you should be laughing out loud too, because it was a joke, get it?"

If you just love to LOL all over yourself, that is fine. Just please do me a favor and try and cutback on your LOLing. Perhaps in the future just gauge your reaction on a scale from one to ten as you type. One being you are frowning, ten being you just wet your pants and a little poop came out you laughed so hard. If you are on a level of 8-10, go ahead and type LOL. If you are anywhere from a 1 to a 7, hit the backspace three times and choose a different abbreviation (Haha is sometimes quite an effective replacement!)



Sorry for being a grouch today, LOL!

Venus Trapped

70 comments :

  1. LOL!

    Too soon?!

    I saw where someone said whenever they saw 'ROFL' they thought of Scooby Doo trying to say 'waffles!' so that's what I equate that one to in my head...waffles.

    I'm going to end this because it's going no where...

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    1. Ok I literally did just LOL at that! And said "roffle" out loud to myself in a Scooby voice!

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  2. Buuu... buuu.... buuuut... I really do LOL when I see grumpy cat.

    And usually always when I read your blog.
    I do, I really do.

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  3. I have been an LOLer for quite some time been trying to cut back lol....damn it!

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  4. LOL!

    Ok, what about SRB (smiling real big). hahah. Oh man, I am a MAJOR culprit of this... but I would like to think if someone told me their dog was sick I would not 'lol'. sometimes i have two lols- one at the beginning, one at the end of a comment. too much. you're right. i'll try to reel it in!

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  5. This post made me LOL one time....well maybe two.

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  6. I loathe the LOL. A sufficient "haha" will work just fine! Your posts are always so perfect!

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  7. I am the worst with lol. I overuse it so badly! I think 90% of my texts have lol or hahahaha in them, when I am never laughing!

    Although reading this, I really did lol.

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  8. I do the Lol thing sometimes, but most often I use haha, and I am actually laughing. I quite often get made fun of a lot for seemingly laughing at nothing.

    But your right, sick puppies are not funny. They are pitiful and need love. hope no one inappropriately LOLs at you today and makes you snap!

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  9. I actually LOL in real life all the time. I'm a goof. But, in text, I type, "Hahaha!"

    I may be the one weird person who does LOL at something I read whilst in a bookstore.

    I also use words like whilst.

    lol

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  10. but what if i say "LOL :)" like the soulja boy song? no? haha so agree. people use it the wrong way. they also use haha wrong as I just did.

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  11. Ok this post was seriously a LOL one. My coworker is looking at me crazy asking me why I'm laughing.

    I hate when people over use the "LOL" term. It's annoying. Sometimes I catch myself doing but before I hit "send" I double check and delete it and replace it with a "smiley face".

    another one that annoys me is "ha".

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  12. Sometimes when I read your blog I LOL. My coworkers think I am strange...

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  13. I love this post! I will admit that I use lol much too lightly, but only use lmao when something is really funny and actually made me laugh. Usually with lots of exclamation points. :P

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  14. YES. I hate "LOL." Haven't used it since the days of AIM, and even then I was always more of a "haha" girl. Good post :)

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  15. LOL , I mean it here by the way . I HATE when I'm talking in a serious mood & the person in front would say Lol , I would love to throw a brick instead .
    Noor @ Noor's Place

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  16. my sister responds to every text i send with haha. it pisses me off!! say something or don't bother responding, lol!

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  17. I prefer "haha" to "LOL", but I agree that it is SO overused!

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  18. I tend to do that with what I say. Maybe because if I was speaking, I tend to giggle because I'm a nervous giggler? WHo knows.

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  19. Oh my goodness, I was dying of laughter (at work - totally innapropriate) and was literally laughing out loud. I hate the word LOL and refuse to use it ever. Make me gigle? Haha. Make me laugh hard? Hahaha. Make me laugh uncontrollably and cause me to snort? BAHAHAHA.

    I strike against LOL just because it's abused and misused.

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  20. I may have to raise my hand on the over "loling"....sorry about that! I do need to cut back..

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  21. I always say "haha" because it gets the poitn across that something was funny or amusing. LOL just pisses me off because peole use it as a filler. Like the example you used about missing the e-mail. "what?" is right. However, that grumpy cat picture did make me "lol".

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  22. there is nothing I hate more than LOL. I KNOW YOU ARE NOT LAUGHING!

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  23. I often LOL when I read your blog. True story.

    But next time, I will type OH MY GOD, I TOTALLY JUST SNORTED. Because sometimes, I do.

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  24. Oh my gosh this post is such greatness! I have never and will never use "LOL". It can die in my opinion. I think all the examples you have put in your posts are the exact reason why I hate that little phrase. I have a friend that uses it ALL THE TIME and ALL THE TIME when it's not even funny or when it's actually her being mean about something and again, not funny.

    I appreciate the truth in your blog posts, thank you!

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  25. my friend used to think lol meant lots of love (like it used to back in like the 90s when we were signing people's yearbooks). i think she might've written "lol" on a sympathy card once. so ponder that one! great post and like your new about me photo! now i want ice cream.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak
    -- $75 anthropologie giveaway

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  26. LOL and :) are two things I tend to over use.... I. MUST. STOP.

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  27. I refuse to type LOL. I do over use "haha" my scale is the more "ha"s the harder I'm laughing. Also capital letters mean I'm laughing out loud.

    Or I'l say "literally just LOLed" which means I actually laughed aloud.

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  28. I almost never LOL in real life when I say I LOL. I'll try to reel it in. Just for you.

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  29. I really did laugh out loud. It was quite funny. =) I'm sorry somebody laughed that your dog was sick and that the barista messed up your drink. That shit's just rude. RUDE.

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  30. Hey I really do lol when I read...and my husband usually gives me weird looks for it. and you're too funny NOT to laugh at. so there.

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  31. Ok...I really did laugh out loud just now at my desk. Quietly though, because I don't like getting the evil eyes. So it was more like a giggle....like a little mouse giggle. So I ....lmgol (little mouse giggled out loud). Yep...I'm gonna start texting that shit.

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  32. I just love it when someone says something shitty and they know its shitty and because they are too weenie to actually man up and own their words they follow up shitty text/email with LOL. Like, "sorry if I came across as a bitch earlier LOL"

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  33. I usually just type haha because lol makes me crazy and I hate to abbreviate things like that because I'm 28 and not 14. However, when it's true, I have been known to use it. Sometimes Tara gchats me things that actually make snort-laugh at my desk and then I type back LOL because I'm laughing to hard to get anything else out. So, it's legit.

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  34. This post just became one of my favorites! I haven't said LOL since it first became popular.. then I decided it was ridiculous and if I need to say something along those lines I say haha.

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  35. Lol!!!

    Kidding! Well, slightly. A part of me did actually "lol." Seriously though, it is DEFINITELY overused and I agree with all of this!

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  36. HA. I use "haha" but I do use lol more that I probably should :/ mostly in texts.

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  37. Oh Sarah...true story I totally LOLed at this post! Loved it! And very true. I hate when people just say "LOL" to say something. Just don't say anything!!! Geez.

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  38. AMEN! It's about time someone else felt this way. I've been using "haha" to express myself via text for YEARS! In no way does it imply that I am literally sitting around laughing out loud, yet I think it expresses that I am humored to some extent. Soooo glad that someone else is driven mad by the needless 'lols'... I have a friend who REALLY needs to see this post!

    -Kate (theflorkens.com)(launching 8.1.13)

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  39. I hate lol!! I am strictly a haha girl - only when I am really laughing of course!

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  40. this post just made me LOL! but honest time, i am an over-user of the 'haha' in texts and gchat. whoopsies.

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  41. That grumpy cat pic just actually made me LOL... ;)

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  42. I overuse the smiley face emoticon because I'm usually awkward and don't know what to do. :) LOL.

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  43. My sister & I were just talking about this. My mom doesn't understand the concept. We just need to call people out for using it so they feel stupid.

    xo. Kailagh

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  44. I actually did laugh out loud especially after the grumpy cat picture.

    So true!

    20somethingbusinesswoman.com

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  45. Gah I hate LOL, but then again I majorly replace it with haha and paha, which usually mean I cracked a smile or am feeling awkward, whatevs. I used to hate emoticons, too, but then in Germany eveyone used this and I was like actually I do like this little suckers.

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  46. I'm not an "lol"er but I do admit that I over "haha" all the time. Oops!

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  47. Yessssssss. Speaking of this..I've got a good LOL story.

    So, I'm in Vegas with the couple I babysit for, who are also good friends of ours. In line at Fat Tuesdays to get a fatty drank and this girl tries to cut us in line, security tells her the end of the line is behind us she goes "oh, ha! jk LOL" and my friend looks at her and says "are you REALLY laughing out loud?" classic.

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  48. this is perfect. and you ended it just right!

    o my god i almost automatically put LOL after that, without even thinking. You may have just changed my life as I know it.

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  49. I am a self-proclaimed, recovering LOL'er.

    Sometimes I seriously don't laugh out loud...but I usually seriously do when I read your blog posts sooo uh, lol.

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  50. OK, I DO get it...but seriously...amazingly funny Grumpy Cat meme? You're making it hard for me here (insert Michael Scott: "that's what she said").

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  51. LOLZ!!!

    I use lol too much, I admit. I need some sort of intervention. I think my fingers type it and I don't even realize it. They are trained.

    I wish people would figure out that judgment is spelled with one e only :( That is making me a sad panda today.

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  52. i have gotten into this habit of saying oh thats funny instead of laughing. i think its residual sadness from people saying i have an annoying laugh. LOL.

    these are the kind of posts im totally down with. i am excited to start blogging!

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  53. I for real LOLed at the poop coming out comment. LOL

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  54. Okay, so this post was seriously funny! I love the grumpy cat one. But really, I can't believe people actually responded with LOL to those things. I think I'd get mad too. Lucky for me, the people I text actually respond with words.

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  55. I am going to start the, "hahahahahaha" trend. Because I am a recovering LOL user...lol....dang it..just backslid...now back to 0 days without incident

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  56. hate LOL never used it, never will. I do say haha like it's going on out style..

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  57. LOL..this post was awesome..
    Sorry was using "LOL" too soon?
    Great post as usual, girly! Happy Hump Day!

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  58. Oh my freaking Lordddddddddd. I'm seriously dying. My mom told me to get off the computer when I busted out laughing at the "I want to hit you with a car" graphic. Gee whiz, what am I gonna do with you woman?!

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  59. This just about sums up my every day interactions at the office. *sigh*

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  60. I am the worst LOLer in the whole planet. But the first step to fixing it is admitting it right?!

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  61. LO-
    just kidding. I really hate the misuse of the abbreviation too. Another pet peeve is OMG. Would you actually use OMG every three words in real life?
    Thanks for some laughs!

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  62. Bahahahaha. I really did "lol" reading this post. The starbucks thing? Dying. Peeing my pants. This is the best post ever.

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  63. And then there are the people who are all, "Wait, LOL doesn't mean lots of love? Really? When did that happen?"
    facepalm

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  64. sometimes when i say inappropriate things that i think are funny but the other person does not, i say "LOL". because when you type LOL at the end of a sentence that is sort of offensive, it makes it ok, right? so naturally, i apply that same logic IRL.

    LOL.

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  65. I literally did LOL while reading this...especially at the grumpy cat. You're hilarious!

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