One day my son heard a really funny joke and said, “lol.”
He pronounced it like “lull”.
I did laugh out loud then.
I come from the generation that invented that word!
I know it sounds very, “When I was your age, Sonny” but in my day, it was generally considered tacky to say that word in verbal speech. It was a texting word that you used to represent the physical act of laughing out loud. It was an onomatopoeia, like the splash of water or creak of a door.
And we never said it as a word – it was always spelled out L-O-L.
You didn't expect people to use the word LOL anymore than you expected the water to actually say the word splash, or the door to actually tell you, "Hey, look, I'm creaking!"
In fact, when my generation was texting the word, some even thought it meant “lots of love” instead of “laugh out loud”.
Apparently, there’s no such confusion now.
But that’s why I find it funny that lol has become a part of the teenage vernacular today.
This just goes to show that you never know when or how onomatopoeia will evolve.
Of course, if you’re saving your voice for an audition, then I guess you don’t need to worry whether the word is spoken verbally. Right Sarah?
All this is just to say that the rules of onomatopoeia, just like any other part of the English language, can change.
So, if ten years down the road you're reading these posts (what dedication, btw!) and you think, "That is so not how you say it." You'll probably be right.
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