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    chat acronyms - "lol" description

    When you are chatting with someone, it is often use the acronym "lol". Although the official meaning was laughing out loud, another meaning often misrepresented. Which is similar like feeling of shock or surprised, what is the alternative suitable english word to describe that feeling?

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    omg — 'Oh my God!'

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    When you are chatting with someone, it is often use the acronym "lol" is often used. Although the official meaning was is "laughing out loud", another meaning is often misrepresented (not mentioned?). Which It is similar like to a feeling of shock or surprised. What is the alternative suitable English word to describe that feeling?

    Note the corrections. There are other meanings of the acronym but I am not aware of the meaning you have mentioned.
    http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/LOL
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    When you are chatting with someone, it is often use the acronym "lol" is often used. Although the official meaning was is "laughing out loud", another meaning is often misrepresented (not mentioned?). Which It is similar like to a feeling of shock or surprised. What is the alternative suitable English word to describe that feeling?

    Note the corrections. There are other meanings of the acronym but I am not aware of the meaning you have mentioned.
    http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/LOL
    I have checked the link, none of it mention my question. How do you describe feeling of "lol" in English? (when you pronounce it), perhaps I am not asking about chat acronyms.

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    How do I describe the feeling​ of "LOL"? I can only say that it indicates that I found something funny.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How do I describe the feeling​ of "LOL"? I can only say that it indicates that I found something funny.
    Our culture is different, over here maybe we use "lol" differently. Example of conversation :

    Peter : Hey, you still have not return the books, when you are able to give my books back?
    Jane : Sorry, my dog is sick today and i need to take him to the vet first, then another dog of my neighbor sick too, need to visit the vet twice
    Peter : lol ok, take your time

    In the conversation above, Peter doesnt mean funny. How do you describe that slightly shock or little surprised reaction? What is the suitable English word to describe it? that is what I am asking.

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    Rover has already suggested omg for that. Lol would be completely inappropriate in the UK.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Mar-2016 at 16:30. Reason: Fixed minor typo

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    Are you looking for a word or another English acronym?

    In the dialogue you gave, "LOL" seems entirely inappropriate to me. If my friend told me that her dog (and another dog) had been sick, my response would be "I'm so sorry to hear that".

    For slight shock or a little surprise, the standard textspeak is, as you were told in post #2, "OMG" - Oh My God!

    [Cross-posted with Piscean]
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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    OMG is the one that comes to mind, but there are others, like FFS (For F***('s) Sake), which can register shock, surprise or disbelief.

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    Re: chat acronyms - "lol" description

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you looking for a word or another English acronym?

    In the dialogue you gave, "LOL" seems entirely inappropriate to me. If my friend told me that her dog (and another dog) had been sick, my response would be "I'm so sorry to hear that".

    For slight shock or a little surprise, the standard textspeak is, as you were told in post #2, "OMG" - Oh My God!

    [Cross-posted with Piscean]
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Rover has already suggested omg for that. Lol would be completely inappropriate in the UK.

    Thanks, now apparently it is obvious people from other continents interpret the meaning differently. I wont use "lol" anymore unless it is funny then

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