I have a love/hate relationship with the expression LOL. For those of you who don't know what LOL means or what it stands for, it simply means laugh out loud or laughing out loud.
We see the expression everywhere. In e-mails, text messages, in many of the Facebook posts that we read, we even speak it in several goofy conversations on the phone. LOL is truly a blessing and a curse. And it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.
And I'm as guilty as the next person. I use the expression in a text or in a FB post probably everyday, several times a day. I love LOL. It's the easiest way to soften the blow in text or a post that might be taken as harsh or insensitive. Tell the truth. How many times has someone said something to you via text or FB post that has pissed you off causing you to write a nasty response followed by and LOL?
It's as if writing a LOL excuses a nasty or insulting response. How many times have to used the LOL in order to get your point across to someone in the hopes that it doesn't sever the relationship altogether? I've done it. More times that I care to admit to. If you don't like an opinion or a statement someone says, let them know. But make sure you add an LOL behind the statement. It is the easiest way to cover up your "true" feelings. They say the truth is often told in form of a joke. That is so true. That's probably why people use and overuse the expression LOL.
So the next time you use a LOL ask yourself why you are? Is it because you are really laughing out loud? Or is it because you are laughing out loud because you can finally get your point across without the backlash of insult? For me, it's probably a little bit of both. LOL :)