LOL, short for laugh out loud, It has been popular for years to express your entertainment online. But young people are now replacing this rusty classic with a rather special alternative. So don’t be surprised if your Gen Z son or daughter picks it up soon. It will take some time to get used to.
The acronym LOL has been around for a long time. According to Wikipedia, the abbreviation was first used in the 1980s by a man named Wayne Pearson, in a pre-Internet chat room called Viewline. Pearson used LOL instead of “hahaha” to convey that he was laughing really hard. The rest is history.
LOL doesn’t always mean LOL
LOL was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011 and is now used in contexts other than the Internet. More specifically: loudly. The term has also become so widespread that it has actually broken through the barriers of its original meaning, “I laugh out loud.”
We’ve all been guilty of sending LOLs while staring at our screen with a contorted face. It is also sometimes a response to a dry situation, anecdote, or even when you are angry. In short: the word took on a life of its own and became a veritable passage.
From LOL to ROFL and LMAO
Of course, millennials have tried LOL before. They came up with variants of LOL, like ROFL, rolling on floor laughingAnd Lamao, Laughing my ass off. Also cool, but not as popular.
Generation Z uses this weird word instead of LOL
If you ask Generation Z, none of the above statements are cool anymore. Today’s generation uses a different term with the same meaning. Hold on tight: IJBOL, short for I burst out laughing. They found the term more appropriate because it refers to an unexpected laugh that comes out of nowhere. This is more spontaneous, natural and realistic than having someone laugh out loud behind a screen.
Is IJBOL the new killer?
According to the news site Mashable, the abbreviation IJBOL has been around since 2009. In recent months, the expression has been used more and more, especially by figures of the popular social class. K-pop scene.
Many young people adopted the word, initially thinking it was a Korean word. But IJBOL has become just like him slaughter To offer compliments, they were initially used ironically.
Now it appears that IJBOL is as well slaughterWell established. A woman posted a video of herself spontaneously laughing while eating soup on social media platform The tweet received more than 62 thousand likes.
Free unlimited access to Showbytes? Which can!
Log in or create an account and never miss a thing from the stars.
“Friendly communicator. Music trailblazer. Internet maven. Twitter buff. Social mediaholic.”