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What Is 'LOL'? What Does LOL Mean?

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Question: What Is 'LOL'? What Does LOL Mean?
Answer: "LOL" is one of a few common acronyms for laughter. It stands for "Laughing Out Loud". You will also see variations like LOLZ (a version of LOL, ROFL (Rolling on Floor Laughing), and ROFLMAO (Rolling on Floor, Laugh My Ass Off). In the United Kingdom, PMSL is also a popular version of LOL.

"LOL" and "LOLZ" are often spelled all uppercase, but can also be spelled "lol" or "lolz". Both versions mean the same thing. Just be careful not to type entire sentences in uppercase, as that is considered rude shouting.

Example of LOL usage:

  • (first user:) Bwahahaha! The pizza man just came to my door, and he was wearing pink pants and cowboy boots!
  • (second user:) LOL! That is some kind of fashion sense! ROFL!


The LOL expression, like many cultural curiousities of the Internet, is a part of modern English communication.

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