The 21st Century LOL!


‘m supposed to be on Vacation, or Hiatus, or something– but something got to me yesterday, and I decided I had to rant about it. It was this chat with some ‘new friend’ that only busted the ‘lol’ word just once throughout our first-time lengthy conversation, and my muses went downright in love with him without question! Why? I mean, that’s someone you can TRUST!

For those of us that chat a lot,ย scratch that! All of us are sure familiar with the LOL word. For the sake of the non- existent readers that don’t know the word, it means Laugh Out Loud. I have come in contact with that word and its variants (and by ‘variants’, I mean LOOL, LLOL, LOOOOOOL, Lols, Lolz, and the works!) in virtually every chat more than I have come across an ‘hello’ or ‘hi’. Yes, it’s that serious– and it has got to the extent that we (myself inclusive) just type out the word unconsciously, without meaning it, EVERYTIME we read something that our minds tell us the sender meant in a funny way but are just too lazy to laugh about, or JUST EVERYTIME the spirit leads us. Don’t sue me yet. What’s worse, I can’t count the number of times I have spelt LOL, rather than laugh when talking to a friend in an actual conversation (phone and physical meetings alike)! Would you blame me? No, your pot wouldn’t dare call my kettle black!

You know I once got busted back in school when I was chatting with a friend (through 2go, I think) and typed out the word at something he said without actually laughing, and he stepped in behind me just then with something that looked like hurt in his eyes as he said something that went like ‘bhet I didn’t hear you laugh.’ My heart almost broke. Lool! (Okay, I smiled a bit while typing this LOOL. Imagine?! I mean, that’s the height of it) After that day, we devised other words to convey our actual feelings and actions over the phone, in place of LOOL. I remember we used the word SALTS. Wanna guess what that means? Try! Btw, I miss the dude a little. ๐Ÿ˜€

So back to the basics– I can’t be bothered much about the fashion of things as regarding this word these days anyway, because ‘ve got my mind made up. This is the case. If you use LOOL for everyone you chat with everyday, you shouldn’t be trusted! Shikena! This is just me selling us out to ourselves, thank me later. I mean, think about it! There are different kinds of people everywhere- the funny, the annoying, and the nerve-crackers- and you get to meet the mix everywhere on social media! So, you mean to tell me all these people can make you Laugh Out Loud? C’mon, even Basket mouth tells some jokes sometimes, and all I can spare is a smile. Quit playing nice, and let’s be real for once! Imagine I tell you I like your hair, and you lool me before saying thanks… and ‘m like okay, what did I miss? You get the drift now? Once, mum saw my dp- a picture of me at school- and said it looked nice, and I almost went LOOL on her because I had a big smile on my face when I read her chat… thinking back now, ‘m like- ‘oh no, you di’int!’— You know?! It’s just crazy.

Going by this assessment, I now know whether ‘m TRUSTWORTHY or not… test yasevs! What is your conscience telling you? Mbok, talk true!

LOOOL (okay, this one is almost as real as it looks), what do y’all think about the 21st Century LOL. If you ask me, I think it changed from “Laugh Out Loud” to “I Almost Laughed”.


ยฉ The Short Black Girl, 2015.


20 thoughts on “The 21st Century LOL!

  1. somewhat similar to yimu i think. Someone gave me a “lol” for every question i asked before the actual answer, i was only wondering, because i was not the least happy to make some laugh that time. It’s normal for them…liiii them alone. kk. Write on “kk” next…lol

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    1. Lool! (Now this isreal!) You rock Kingsley. Like you read my mind out loud. I was thinking of doing a post on “K” next, reallly… the singular version of “K” ticks me off than even the double doze- “KK”, ‘m like “ok fam, but I thought talk was cheap!”.. Gah! Thanks for stopping by darling! I know I can always count on you to get me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Hmmmm, nice writeup, I’m feeling guilty cuz I still do the lol fin, guess I’m going to start using SALTS


      2. Heheheh! You should PPNB. SALTS worked better then, might still work its wonders now. I think i’ll get back to it myself. Thanks for dropping a thought. ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Lols (I actually laughed, I swear). While reading this, I made so many mental trips to my many conversations. Most of the times I lolled, I wasn’t even conscious of that. Today’s lols I can say mostly has little to do with the loller and the lollee bearing any claim to hilarity. It’s a pointer to the poverty of dialogue; it’s a handy filler for boredom, disinterestedness and even ‘cluelessness’. Sigh.
    Me, you have made me more guarded in my conversations, why, I will always remember this in my chata, and I see myself striking out many lols after Me/due consideration. Lols.
    Thanks for sharing. I read this again and again. Lol

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    1. Hahaha! Thank you Hard Voices for dropping a thought. You understand the point so well. Using your words, ‘there’s a poverty of dialogue’, everyone’s too busy to be real on social media these days, and it’s sad. A lot has sure gone with the past centuries… if only we could turn back the hands of time eh? *sigh.

      On a lighter note, ‘m glad this post will be a constant reminder to you as you chat from now on. Maybe if we all tried to cut down on the ‘template chat word- lol’ consciously, we’ll make greater efforts at nurturing healthier relationships, and convos online. ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. Hmmm… I have an idea of what you are talking about and I have tried to discourage it. Oh well, what more do we say? I enjoyed your take on the whole LOL thing. I have been your victim of yours one time too many… God save us! Who is the new friend and what does this your SALTS mean masef?

    I throway salute!

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    1. Lool! (This is real. Haha)

      I know right. Especially spelling out LOL during convos. Haha. We’ll survive!

      New friend? Haha. Holler for details ๐Ÿ˜€ Btw, SALTS means Smiled A Little Then Stopped. More honest eh? Thank my friend. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for swinging by Su’. We appreciate you. Always. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Most times, the people don’t even smile… Sha, there are a whole lot of people who leave me smiling when I see their LOL. When I write it – I can count how many times I have in my life – it is with a grin in my heart. Something to show mischief…

        I should holler, abi? Common! Holler jare!

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    2. Hahahah! Why am I not surprised? ‘course there’s always mischief lurking around somewhere with you aboard. I am not sorry. You know I know this! Lool.

      Okay Su’. I’ll holler, but no gist if I do. So take your pick. :p

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  4. Lol…I use it a lot. I don’t apologize for it, and if you know me, I am trustworthy. or not

    sometimes when I have to gather my wits, I Lol…(in real life that would be the equivalent of a nervous smile or chuckle…or other habits one uses ) and that gives me time to think through my reply

    sometimes you type LOL cos you cant afford to actually laugh out loud….or laughing out loud to yourself seems scary..(in some circles, laughing all alone is a sign of going bonkers)

    sometimes something is actually funny and rather than laugh loud (in which case the person wouldn’t hear you,) as we are in a virtual world, you type LOL to give feedback to the person that you actually found him funny.

    I think sometimes, we put these things under a microscope and enlarge them so much that we draw wrong deductions from them…yes, sometimes they can be a little annoying (like the bike men that just honks sporadically without the need to) but we all have annoying habits and quirks and shouldn’t be nailed for it…

    Now, how is that for my own rant about this LOL issue….

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    1. Haha Topaz! You though. You just dissected this issue like KILODE!

      I like your analysis, and perspective on it– and can’t but agree with you. I mean, I can’t count the number of times I have used the word ‘LOL’ and meant it. What prompted this post however, was how a lot of people (maybe not us, maybe including us) in the virtual world have become so lazy to carry on conversations and just settle for the quick handy words like LOL. You’ll agree that just like the people that honk arbitrarily on the road (even when greeting a friend, azzin!), there are people that LOL arbitrarily even without knowing it, and it just waters the chances of having a real honest convo.

      Thanks Topaz! For stopping by. I appreciate you. ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. the concept of virtual communication is different from real life convos…and slangs and other word usage dominate the virtual interaction. the challenge is knowing how to navigate both words seamlessly. e,g if you chat with me, I will use a lot of abbreviations but when on blogs or when I am writing, I consciously refrain from such; I will take the pains to write every word in full. So, maybe it is trying to apply the rules of real life conversations and etiquette of face to face conversations that is causing the problem. Maybe LOL is the street word in virtual streets and we shouldn’t expect anything else…just maybe

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  5. lol
    i just typed that with a straight face
    i can count the number of time i use that maybe i could be trusted.
    Left to me LOL is a convos killer. when someone uses it during a convos i really get lost as to how to continue the chat…am i to lol back or?
    Ladies use it more often.
    in my case i’d rather use
    @I challenge you to find out what that means….LOL (The real one)

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    1. Hahah! No way mhan! All of this- ISLIMBBIINTFTLOL – to express one emotion? Odikwa very serious! Hahahah! And I really did LOOL at your comment.

      I’ll still keep racking my head on your substitute word for arbitrary LOOLS, and might come to you for expo, bhet for now, lemme say thank you for stopping by and sharing your thought.

      You are very much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค


    1. Hahahah! No way Doc! Bhet why? Just when my muses were starting to love you. Got some bandage for a breaking heart? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Thanks for checking this out Doc! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

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