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What Is 'LOLZ'? What Does LOLZ Mean?

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Question: What Is 'LOLZ'? What Does LOLZ Mean?
Answer: "LOLZ" is a stylish variation of "LOL", the common acronym for laughter. LOLZ stands for "Laughing Out Loud", with the "Z" itself standing for nothing in particular. This quirky spelling came about through the world of online gaming and discussion forums, where users would purposely stylize their English just to be distinctive. You will also see variations like ROFL (Rolling on Floor Laughing), LMAO 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 LOLZ usage:

  • (first user:) OMG! My cat just walked across my keyboard and launched my email!
  • (second user:) LOLZ! Maybe kitty is checking on his eBay bids! ROFLMAO!


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

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