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LOL Acronym: Definition, Meaning, and How to Use It

By Elisha Baba


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Your child just ended their text with LOL, and you aren’t sure what it means. LOL is a popular acronym, and it is often used in texting and in emails.

What does LOL mean?

“LOL” is an acronym for the words “laughing out loud” and it is often used when the texter wants to convey that they liked what the sender said so much that they are laughing out loud. It can also be used to convey a smile, general happiness, or surprise.

LOL is used to shorten text messages, or tweets on the social media platform X(Twitter). It has become so popular in among young adults and teens, however, that many people speak the letters LOL in social settings instead of saying the words.

LOL meaning

How to use LOL

  • “My dog just ran into the door LOL.”
  • “Stop! You’re making me LOL and I’m in a meeting.”
  • “And then I realized my mistake, I was so embarrassed LOL.”
  • “Check out this video, it made me LOL.”
  • “Watch this video, you’ll LOL.”
  • LOL can be used in any situation which is humorous or funny.

Using LOL the right way

As far as acronyms go, there are very few rules for using LOL and you can add it to almost any text message. Whether you are laughing, or you think the other person might laugh, the acronym LOL has you covered.

LOL Variations

As with most acronyms, there are variations of LOL. Some of the most popular are LOLZ, LULZ and ROFL. There is also a less appropriate LMAO and LMFAO variations.

LOLZ and LULZ are plural forms of LOL based on the pronunciation of the word and have no actual meaning as an acronym. ROFL means “rolling on the floor laughing” and is used for situations that are even funnier than those which warrant a LOL. LOL, ROFL, LOLZ, and LULZ can all be used interchangeably.

LMAO means “laughing my ass off” and LMFAO means “laughing my f** ass off” and are both used for the same situations as LOL, though they are considered inappropriate for most social and professional situations.

Should you worry about your child using LOL?

LOL is a harmless texting term used to convey humor, and it is okay for children and adults to use it. If you see your child using LMAO or LMFAO, however, you may want to discuss with them what is considered appropriate language versus inappropriate language.

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