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    Default Re: LMAO

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Gerund: I am tired of seeing laughing my ass off in messages.

    Present participle in a verb (past continuous form): I was laughing my ass off for hours.

    Participle as a modifier (adjective): Laughing my ass off, I left the movie and went home.
    One more thing that is unclear to me is that the verb laugh (that is an intransitive verb) takes a direct object "ass". How can that be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    One more thing that is unclear to me is that the verb laugh (that is an intransitive verb) takes a direct object "ass". How can that be?
    Exactly. See my last post. The phrasal verb 'laugh <thing> off' is transitive.

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    Default Re: LMAO

    Laugh can be used transitively.

    At first I was upset, but then I laughed it off.
    He laughed a huge guffaw.
    He laughed a blood-curdling laugh.


    This is similar to "cried my eyes out", "laughed my head off", or "worked my ass off'.

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    I'm a bit confused...
    As I see, the two transitive verbs laugh and laugh smth off have different meanings and if we say that laugh smth off has to do with in LMAO, then it looks like "I was laughing my ass off" means (roughly) "I was laughing at my ass"... The same refers to "laughed my head off"... So it's rather "He laughed a huge guffaw" that works in LMAO (He laughed a huge guffaw =He laughed his ass off)
    or am I wrong?

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    Default Re: LMAO

    The difference is the "laugh something off" is metaphorical, while the laugh a (kind of laugh) is literal.

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    Default Re: LMAO

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The difference is the "laugh something off" is metaphorical, while the laugh a (kind of laugh) is literal.
    the point is that I have found only one meaning of the phr verb "laugh smth off"
    to pretend that you are not worried about a problem or hurt by a criticism by laughing and making jokes about it:
    When news of the scandal first came out, White House staff tried to laugh it off.
    Cochrane laughed off suggestions that the club was not happy with his performance, and were planning to sack him.
    .... while "cry your eyes out" is an idiom

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    Default Re: LMAO

    Context, as usual, is everything.

    To say that you "laugh it off" means that whatever "it" is, you try to pretend it's not true, you make light of it, you divert attention away from it in some way or suggest that it isn't going to happen.

    "To laugh one's head off" means "to laugh so hard that your head nearly falls off". You can't take "one's head" out of that phrase and replace it with the word "it" without completely changing the meaning.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: LMAO

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Context, as usual, is everything.

    To say that you "laugh it off" means that whatever "it" is, you try to pretend it's not true, you make light of it, you divert attention away from it in some way or suggest that it isn't going to happen.

    "To laugh one's head off" means "to laugh so hard that your head nearly falls off". You can't take "one's head" out of that phrase and replace it with the word "it" without completely changing the meaning.
    Ok, you've given two examples: "laugh it off "and "To laugh one's head off" that have different meanings. So, is LMAO the same as the latter one, that was suggested in http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post983847 ? ("To laugh one's head off" = "To laugh one's ass off")

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    Default Re: LMAO

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    Ok, you've given two examples: "laugh it off "and "To laugh one's head off" that have different meanings. So, is LMAO the same as the latter one, that was suggested in http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post983847 ? ("To laugh one's head off" = "To laugh one's ass off")
    Yes. "Laugh one's ass off" is a more modern variant of "laugh one's head off". Neither is anatomically likely but these days, you'll hear both. We seem to like to suggest unlikely physical effects from laughter. "I laughed until my sides split" is another.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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