Sunday, June 12, 2011

lol update

I was kinda starting to miss lol, without quite knowing it, until a young linguist, Tanner S., took a look at the development of acronyms and initialisms in recent American English (unpublished manuscript). Some of the data on lol and related terms is pretty cool:
lol-worthy, lolable, lolacaust, lolcano, lollercoaster, lolrus
roflcopter, roflsaurus
A few compounds I knew about (lolcat, etc.) and I'd heard some of these blends (though I googled lolrus to see what parts of the story I might be missing). And I had heard it as a verb and as an interjection, but hadn't particularly thought about it as a noun:
A picture is worth 1000 lolz.
Gee, maybe it hasn't ruined the language after all.

Image from here.


Alex Rudnick said...

For what it's worth, the comic was originally from Toothpaste For Dinner, which has its stuff lifted pretty often :-\

Lovely blog! Language is alive! \m/

Joe said...

OMG. I actually knew that the drawing style was familiar but couldn't make the connection. I'll fix that.

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Anonymous said...

lolololololol take that 6 year olds!!!

Anonymous said...

i am sorry but this tempt me to say lol and sorry six year old but just.....