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

By Elisha Baba


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You got a text with the letters ROFL, and you aren’t sure what it means. ROFL is an acronym often used in texting and online messaging.

What does ROFL mean?

“ROFL” is an acronym for the words “rolling on the floor laughing” and it is often used when the texter wants to convey that something is so funny that they are rolling around on the floor in laughter. Rarely is that happening, but you get the idea.

ROFL is used to shorten text messages, or tweets on the social media platform Twitter. It has become so popular in recent years, however, that many people speak the letters ROFL in social settings or even say rofl as a word in place of the acronym.

What does ROFL mean?

How to use ROFL

  • “She did WHAT? ROFL.”
  • “You don’t like it? ROFL.”
  • “OMG, that’s so funny ROFL.”
  • “I’m ROFL.”
  • ROFL can be used as a response to anything the texter thinks is extremely funny.

Using ROFL the right way

As far as acronyms go, there are very few rules for using ROFL and you can use it for any situation you find funny. It must be something you find very funny, however, to be deserving of ROFL.

ROFL Variations

As with most acronyms, there are variations of ROFL. Some of the most popular are ROFLMAO and ROFLMAOAY, both of which aren’t very appropriate. There is also ROFLMAOASTIC.

ROFLMAO means “rolling on the floor laughing my ass off” and ROFLMAOAY means “rolling on the floor laughing my ass off at you”. They can be used for most of the same situations as ROFL but aren’t for professional use. ROFLMAOASTIC means “rolling on the floor laughing my ass off and scaring the cat” which should only be used if you have a cat.

Should you worry about your child using ROFL?

ROFL is a relatively harmless texting acronym and you shouldn’t worry about your child using it. If they are using one of the more inappropriate versions like ROFLMAO, then you may want to discuss with them the importance of using professional language in most settings.

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