Is LOL an acronym or an initialism?

Coleman (2012) notes ‘LOL’, which is an initialism created from the phrase ‘laughing out loud’, as being a good example of a slang initialism. It can either be an abbreviation or an acronym, depending on whether you choose to spell the word out or pronouncing it like words typically are pronounced (Coleman, 2012: 39).

What does the acronym Rotfl mean?

rolling on the floor laughing
/ text messaging / abbreviation for. rolling on the floor laughing.

What is the origin of LOL?

LOL was first coined on a BBS called Viewline in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in the early-to-mid-80s. The use of the phrase LOL spread quickly around Viewline, but it wasn’t until a bunch of us got free GEnie accounts that it really became popular.

What is the difference between acronym and initialism?

An acronym is formed when you combine the first letters of a phrase to create a new word (think LASER) An initialism is formed when you combined the first letters of a phrase but say the individual letters (think VIP)

Where did Roflcopter originate?

Roflcopter blends the word helicopter and the internet acronym ROFL, or rolling on the floor laughing. The term was allegedly coined in 2003 by moderators on a World of Warcraft III forum in reference to a vehicle in that online game known as the gyrocopter.

What is FWIW in texting?

abbreviation. for what it’s worth. See worth1 (def.

What does Bofl mean texting?


Acronym Definition
BOFL Breath of Life (Wellfleet/Bay Networks)
BOFL Board of Forestry Lands (Oregon)

When did LOL become a term?

LOL was added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 2011, but the origin of the phrase can be traced back to the 1980s. The dictionary points to an electronic newsletter from the International FidoNet Association, dated 8 May 1989. LOL is listed in a section of online slang called “MO ICONS PLEASE”.