I’ve heard a few people, lately, griping about people who lol (that’s LOL) their own statements.
I find that attitude to be annoying in and of itself. lol is easier to type – and text – than ;-) as a way to indicate “humor is intended”.
Look, if you want to join a language preservation club, go speak French. English is a dynamic and living language. lol doesn’t mean “Laughs out Loud” it means :-) or ;) or :P or whatever.
It didn’t used to? Well, sorry about that gramps this is the 21st century. I’m amazed you have the time to read posts like this on your superfast 56kbps flex connection – that’s what “high speed” mean’t just a few years ago, aren’t you gonna get pissy about people who use “high speed” to mean 15mbps now? And besides, the whole txt gnr8n is ur goddamn flt. fag lol.
I used to have a friend called Karen who’s signature smiley was the far easier to type variant “=]” (no shift keys required). It was cute because she was also a Texan and that just looks like a Texan smiley.
Every now and again you’d get some jerk taking issue with it, as though “:)” was cannon and a formalised part of the English language.
This is English, not Latin or C#. It embodies and embraces dynamism, except, apparently, in you. Where’s your intolerance for “car” instead of automobile, “plane” instead of “aircraft”, “pc” instead of “home computer” or “computer”, “hoover” instead of “vacuum”, “US” instead of “USA”, “TV” instead of “television”, “mail” instead of “email”, “google” instead of “search”, “windows” or “linux” instead of “operating system”, “disk” instead of “diskette” or “disc”, or “show” to mean anything on tv?
Do you get out the nasty stick when someone says “phone” or “blog”?