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Offline Jeff Wrangler

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Re: Report your use of Brokieisms in so-called "real life"
« Reply #1350 on: October 16, 2019, 11:40:59 am »
I was curious, so I looked it up and found the passage below, from the Chronicle of Higher Education. I've noticed the hahaha thing, and like it better -- I've never been a huge fan of LOL because I think it's rarely literally true. I've noticed people putting lol at the end of posts to indicate they're kidding. (EMC stands for electronically mediated communication.)

https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/03/01/txtng-rules/

LOL no longer means ‘laughing out loud’ (so the OED gets credit for including LOL in the third edition, but the definition is already out of date). To show laughter, EMC now often relies on “hahaha” (students tell me that you need at least three ha’s to show laughter if they are not capitalized). LOL is now a way to flag that a message is meant to be funny (similar to jk—‘just kidding’) or to signal irony. LOL can also be a way to acknowledge that a writer has received a text—a written version of a nod of the head and a smile (“a chuckle at most,” one student told me).

But my sons, 23- and 24-yo millennials, sometimes say LOL to acknowledge something funny I've said in a text. Maybe they just does it to humor me, knowing a boomer is likely to be behind on the latest EMC.

I guess this explains why a coworker of mine has been using "hahaha." She has three daughters, all in the age range, I think, of, say 18 to 25. I guess she picked it up from her daughters.
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Re: Report your use of Brokieisms in so-called "real life"
« Reply #1351 on: October 16, 2019, 11:42:00 am »
Last Saturday night I told a friend I needed to get to bed because I was sleeping on my feet like a horse.
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