When first I communicated by means of the electrical, steam-age internet with the aid of Email, I was startled by a most peculiar acronym. I wasn’t sure if it was an acronym either, because some people did it in lower-case letters.
I received a message from a friend: a joke forwarded to me and bearing only the letters ‘LOL’.
I wrote back. ‘What is ‘LOL?’’
This happened several times with messages involving different people and yielded the same result. While these people were all ROFLing so much at me not knowing what ‘LOL’ was that they couldn’t type, or possibly, assuming I didn’t get the joke (sacrilege!), someone explained.
It was disappointing. I’d been most curious, and now I knew, and it was… well, I’ll be honest with you, not very interesting. I don’t really like ‘LOL’: its so… so.. suppressed and so… automatic? Besides, it reminds me that lolling about is bad for one’s posture, and one should sit up straight or get backache. Maybe its just me.
I’ve since met with a few other ‘laugh’ acronyms, but I think that I can contribute to the lexicon of laughs abbreviated. How about GGL (Giggle) or TTR (Titter) or even SNGR (snigger)? They’d be a lot more expressive of some of the stuff currently designated ‘LOL’. A sort of ‘You’ll find this mildly amusing’ indicator.
On the other end of the scale, how about GFW (guffaw)? There never was a heartier laugh, and whatever its attached to had better be good, you hear?
So I ask you, if you are reading this: Let us join in a conspiracy to increase laughter, the means and methods of it and the way in which it is expressed, even in text. Only think: how we shall mystify the masses to start with! Your friends will write: ‘What is GGL?’ and you may reply, or not… as you choose.
Once again, this pic has nothing to do with the post. Tch! What's to be done with me?