We’re bombarded daily on social networks (especially Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) with expressions such as WTF, OMG and LOL to name but a few. Maybe you even use them too, but what do they actually mean?
The acronism LOL, widely used on social networks and online video games, literally means Laughing Out Loud
. It can also be interpreted as ‘lots of laughs’.
An acronism is an abbreviated form of a set of words, that are formed from a combination of both an initialism and an acronym. It comes from acros (ἄκρος - extreme) and chroma (ὄνομα - name). Its literal translation would be ‘extreme name’ or ‘specific name’. ASAP (as soon as possible), just like LOL, is an example of an acronism and is pronounced ay-sap but written as an acronym with only the first letter of each word.
So there you have it! The next time you see LOL, you know it either describes a funny situation or place, or is there to make you laugh.