LOL Is the New “Literally.”Posted: November 21, 2008
When people type LOL, do you actually think they were laughing out loud? I don’t. If it were true, our offices, streets, and Starbuckses would be a cacophony of cackling from morning till night.
It’s like when people say, “It was so cold, I literally froze to death.” No you din’t. You’re here. You didn’t literally die. Maybe you metaphorically “froze to death.” Maybe you felt as if you were freezing to death. But you didn’t freeze to death. So stop claiming that you literally did, you liar.
We need a new texting/emailing abbreviation for the response people actually make when they read something funny on their screens. I suggest CI, for “Chortling Inwardly.” Your suggestions are welcome.