Disclaimer: This post is in no way meant to be taken seriously. It is not a judgement of others or their methods of writing or commenting. It is just for fun. If you are offended by it, then you are probably too uptight. Please do not worry about what others think of you, and don’t bother to change anything that you are doing. Life is too short.
For years, I have watched various abbreviations for laughing out loud evolve, including LOL, ROTFL, ROTFLMAO. It’s funny to me how long this last one is, since it actually seems harder to type than just saying “you made me laugh”. I am guessing that there are others that I don’t know, since I am 37 years old and I don’t ever really text message anyone.
I have never been comfortable using these abbreviations myself, since I am rarely actually laughing out loud when I am reading here. Maybe I should write “ISC”, for “I slightly chuckled”, which is more likely for me. Occasionally, I do actually laugh really hard at something I see, and I make a point to say so, but typically without the abbreviations. I have used “HA!” and the smiley sideways face 🙂 to convey that I am making a joke if it is not obvious. Text is not a perfect method of communication.
I suppose I just feel like a liar if I use (or overuse) the standard LOL notation, especially if I am sitting stone-faced at my computer screen. I guess what I am saying is that you can be sure that if I use this, I really mean it.
There are some new laughter abbreviations that I would like to suggest such as:
IALSHTICBRN, which is “I am laughing so hard that I can’t breathe right now.”
LVYN-MFAHFTEL – “Laughing very hard now – my face actually hurts from this extreme laughter.”
MSH,SMML,INAB – “My stomach hurts, stop making me laugh, I need a break.”
NYDI-IWMP – “Now you’ve done it – I wet my pants.”
Here is some suggested shorthand in case you happen to get angry with someone here at Active Rain, but you don’t want to go to the trouble of getting into a full-blown debate with them:
ICBYST – “I can’t believe you said that.”
YSRBAOYFTLCYM – “You should really be ashamed of yourself for that last comment you made.”
D,TWRUF – “Dude, that was really uncalled for.” (this one is for men only – you can substitute W for Wow or L for Lady if you like)
IHY – Figure this one out.
Last, this is something that will help us all, especially when you are commenting on the same general group of blogs over and over again:
IAICAWTBGOYBP.ICHSIBM.GJ – “I am in complete agreement with the basic gist of your blog post. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Good job.”
So, I think we can all agree that these new symbols will make life much easier for everyone. I look forward to seeing them on the boards soon!
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