Okay, since I am working lots of overtime right now and don’t have time for a thoughtful post, I am simply spilling something out of my brain that has troubled me (in a minor key) for some time:
Does anyone else find the acronyms for online laughter less than satisfying?
I’m talking about things like LOL and ROTFL.
I didn’t even know what they meant at first. But finding out really didn’t help much. I still can’t derive much pleasure from saying something stupid or ironic and getting an e-mail or a comment back that says “LOL.” For me, nothing equals the immediate, in-the-flesh response of one person to another.
Whenever I see LOL, I feel instead that I have really received only a CC (Courtesy Chuckle), or a SICFAMOEOMM (Sorry, I Couldn’t Formulate A More Original Expression Of My Mirth)… even though I know that is not what is intended.
I guess this is one of the trials of cyberhumor…
By the way, I am embarrassingly illiterate about these acronyms, and have never had the courage to ask what they all mean. I figured out LOL and ROTFL through contextual studies. But if you could enlighten me about some others, I’d appreciate it. Otherwise, I’ll just have to sneak into a library somewhere and furtively look them up myself…