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This is no laughing stuff – but humour has truly evolved into various acronyms, internet slang, including daily communication to express b...

This is no laughing stuff – but humour has truly evolved into various acronyms, internet slang, including daily communication to express body reactions – and IMHO.

I am not LMAO, so are several other language doyens. When letter writing was still common, terms such as: ‘lots of luck’ or ‘lots of love’ were often recycled – but they are now extinct.

By @Comic24Derick 

LOL or lol – laugh(ing) out loud or lots of laughs has taken over – the more emphatic expression being LMAO – ‘laugh(ing) my ass off’.

ROFL – roll(ing) on the floor laughing can be a suitable substitute. With an ever growing list, the initialisms are sadly ‘outlawed in business,’ saying, they are “no more than e-mail slang and have no place in business communication.”

BFN – ‘bye for now’ and IMHO ‘in my honest/humble opinion’ have been singled as most confusing Internet slang because they might send wrong meanings especially on an international stage.

In one social group, a member posted a death notice – below, another commented: kkkkk! Can you see the laughter? This writer was obviously annoyed.
Its no Laughing Matter? 
The oldest recorded use of LOL was – you never guessed it – in the 1960s – and it referred to ‘little old lady’. It has since been formalsied by the Oxford English Dictionary since 2011.

Wayne Pearson initially typed the contemporary meaning of ‘Laughing Out Loud’ back in the 80s.

LOL in other languages
Most of these alternatives are denoted in lowercase.
  • kkkkkk: is common in Zimbabwe, Somalia and other Afro-Asiatic languages – iterations of the letter k are used as a substitute for LOL. 
  • mdr: French version. From the initials of "mort de rire" which roughly translated means "died of laughter". The French also use LOL widely. 
  •  חחח/ההה: Hebrew version of LOL. The letter ח is pronounced 'kh' and ה is pronounced 'h'. Putting them together (usually three or more in a row) makes the word khakhakha or hahaha. 
  • 555: the Thai variation of LOL. "5" in Thai is pronounced "ha", three of them being "hahaha".
  • asg: Swedish abbreviation of the term asgarv, meaning intense laughter.
  • g: Danish abbreviation of the word griner, which means "laughing" in Danish.
  • · هههه: in Arabic is a repetition of the "هـ" character meaning "Hahahaha" or "Hehehehe". "هـ" is equivalent to the letter "H", while the "a" (or "e") is treated as an implied short vowel, and isn't written (as is standard in Arabic and Hebrew).
  • · ㅋㅋㅋ ("kkk") and ㅎㅎㅎ ("hhh") are usually used to indicate laughter in Korean 'ㅋ', is a Korean Jamo consonant representing a "k" sound, and 'ㅎ' represents an "h" sound. Both "ㅋㅋㅋ" and "ㅎㅎㅎ" represent laughter which is not very loud. However, if a vowel symbol is written, louder laughter is implied: 하하 "haha" 호호, "hoho. 
  • · ha3: Malaysian variation of LOL. ha3 means pronouncing ha three times, "hahaha".
  • · jejeje: in the Philippines is used to represent "hehehe". 
  • · wkwkwk: in Indonesian, "wkwkwk" is often used to express laughter. – Additional Reporting from Online Sources

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