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What does «LOL» mean in Facebook and Instagram comments?

What does "LOL" mean in Facebook and Instagram comments?

LOL It is one of the expressions that has become the most popular in the social networks on Facebook on Instagram. In fact, it has become one of the most used abbreviations in the comments that users make daily in various publications. In general, it is a term that can be seen especially in humor videos, but what does LOL mean in the comments on Facebook and Instagram?

When used and what is the meaning of LOL

If you read often comments on Instagram, Facebook or other social networks and even in other contexts, comment LOL, you should know that its significance is related to fun. In fact, LOL is just an acronym in English for the words «Laughing out loud«Oh, well»Laugh out loud «. The Spanish translation of this term in English is «laugh long» or «laughing out loud«.

For this reason, especially in those meme posts or humorous videos, writes LOL, means that the publication in question causes laughter. However, although this is the most common meaning, there are other situations in which this acronym is used:

  • Ironically, let’s refer to someone: «What a LOL!»
  • Express the surprise

The origin of the acronym LOL

The origin of the term LOL It began to become popular among young people in the ’80s and’ 90s, in the booming expansion of electronic communications.

However, it is a term that has become widespread especially among young people, who have started using LOL in their chat conversations, on social networks, in instant messaging applications, dating and even in school.

Other examples of acronyms used in social networks

LOL is one of expressions most used in social networks, but there are many others that you would surely have discovered in the comments. Some of the most popular expressions on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter are the following:

  • OMG: «Oh, my God» (Oh, my God!)
  • JK: »I’m just kidding» (I’m just kidding)
  • WTF: «What the hell» (But what is this?)
  • BRB: «Come back immediately»
  • ROFL: Rolling on Floor Laughing

The boom in the use of this type of acronyms in conversations between young people, led to the creation of its own dialect used especially in social networks. The use of acronyms has simplified communication between people, a consequence that has served as a critique for those who defend the use of language. In any case, now you will have no doubt if someone comments on your posts with a LOL!

Did you know …

The earliest written record of the term LOL was found in a message written by Wayne Pearson in the 1980s from the archives of the Usenet messaging service.

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