Be honest: When was the last time you typed “lol” after actually laughing out loud? Internet laughter is kind of the Wild West. Here’s what we think each variation really means.
What you said was adequately funny.
What you said was adequately funny, and I’m typing on an Apple product.
I’m a mom, and I did laugh. (Earnest.)
I get that I should find this funny, but it didn’t quite do it for me.
I typed these two letters out of a sense of obligation. #GoodFriend
What you said is genuinely hilarious to me. Kudos.
I'm laughing, but I also might have a prize-winning collection of antique dolls. (Read: creepy.)
I’m a millennial using “lol” ironically. I cracked a smile.
I’m not really crying, but what you said struck a chord.
I might’ve teared up a little, but to call it a sob is a reach. Funny stuff, though.
Speaking of hyperbole...I'm alive and well (but giggling).
And nope, my ghost isn't texting you. You just said something that made me guffaw. (Related: "Guffaw" is an underused word.)
I learned this in 2008, and I feel cool using it...ten years later.
I learned this in 2008, and I also periodically check in to see what the cast of Jersey Shore is up to. What? They’re hilarious.