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(CNN)   Breaking news from CNN: LOL isn't funny anymore   (edition.cnn.com) divider line 58
    More: Obvious, LOLs, CNN, American Studies, John McWhorter  
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3512 clicks; posted to Geek » on 01 May 2013 at 12:15 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-05-01 10:51:18 AM  
LOL
 
2013-05-01 10:52:30 AM  
I feel like my brain got three sizes smaller reading that. ROFL.
 
2013-05-01 10:58:09 AM  
In about an hour they'll admit they were mistaken and declare it funny again.
 
2013-05-01 11:06:36 AM  
When did George Will halve his age and become black?
 
2013-05-01 11:10:49 AM  
I saw this headline in my RSS feed the other day and skipped it, figuring usually CNN idiocy.

I actually liked TFA though. I like John McWhorter generally.
 
2013-05-01 11:11:03 AM  
GTFO
 
2013-05-01 11:14:54 AM  
Which one of their writers got the lead from Facebook?
 
2013-05-01 11:17:01 AM  
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-05-01 11:18:22 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Which one of their writers got the lead from Facebook?


You don't need an investigative journalism department when you've got eyes on the ground. You know, untrained iReporters.
 
2013-05-01 11:38:33 AM  
img441.imageshack.us
 
2013-05-01 11:48:47 AM  
CNN: THE MOST TRUSTED TAUNTED NAME IN NEWS
 
2013-05-01 12:20:08 PM  
LOL has been over dice that Peron texted "I'm dying, LOL" to the police after their car wreck and then they died.
 
2013-05-01 12:22:00 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-01 12:22:13 PM  
LAUGHTER OL
 
2013-05-01 12:23:19 PM  
ROTFLMMFAO is still good, right?
 
2013-05-01 12:23:58 PM  

Apos: CNN: THE MOST TRUSTED TAUNTED TAINTED NAME IN NEWS

 
2013-05-01 12:26:10 PM  

Dr Dreidel: When did George Will halve his age and become black?


Exactly. I totally want to watch this guy at a cocktail party. Hilarious.
 
2013-05-01 12:28:37 PM  

Ned Stark: LOL has been over dice that Peron texted "I'm dying, LOL" to the police after their car wreck and then they died.


OVER DICE!
STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DONE GO POSTED NO? YES?
IS MUSTARD TOUGH OVERDICE PRETEEN ROADMAPZ?

CRAZY MAD SKILLZ!!
 
2013-05-01 12:28:47 PM  
Idiots misinterpreting idiots.
 
2013-05-01 12:34:18 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-01 12:35:27 PM  

Haliburton Cummings: Ned Stark: LOL has been over dice that Peron texted "I'm dying, LOL" to the police after their car wreck and then they died.

OVER DICE!
STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DONE GO POSTED NO? YES?
IS MUSTARD TOUGH OVERDICE PRETEEN ROADMAPZ?

CRAZY MAD SKILLZ!!


...

I'm scared
 
2013-05-01 12:36:08 PM  
anymore?
 
2013-05-01 12:42:54 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-01 12:57:42 PM  
I'll start taking my social cues from CNN when I want to be branded an idiot, thank you very much.
 
2013-05-01 12:57:59 PM  
cdn.parentsshouldnttext.com
 
2013-05-01 01:11:26 PM  

hawcian: Haliburton Cummings: Ned Stark: LOL has been over dice that Peron texted "I'm dying, LOL" to the police after their car wreck and then they died.

OVER DICE!
STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DONE GO POSTED NO? YES?
IS MUSTARD TOUGH OVERDICE PRETEEN ROADMAPZ?

CRAZY MAD SKILLZ!!

...

I'm scared


Well, you scare mighty damn easy, Pilgrim.
 
2013-05-01 01:14:00 PM  
And if anyone is the definitive source on what's funny, it's this guy. i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2013-05-01 01:18:21 PM  
I giggled at the author's last name.
 
2013-05-01 01:18:42 PM  
DIAF CNN LOL!!
 
2013-05-01 01:23:44 PM  
wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-05-01 01:27:22 PM  
www.lolwut.com
The LOL WUT pear on the other hand, will always be funny.
 
2013-05-01 01:32:13 PM  
Anyway, I don't think LOL was ever supposed to be funny, per se. It's just an acronym to mark that you found something funny. It's like saying the word "funny" has to be funny, or else it sucks. And in other news, I've been typing "funny" so much that it no longer looks like a real word.
 
2013-05-01 01:36:42 PM  
The article was funny though.

/It was so stupid, it was funny
 
2013-05-01 01:45:14 PM  
chorus: CNN is retarded
response: lol

Nope, still works.
 
2013-05-01 01:45:45 PM  

jigger:


So tempting to put that on Facebook.
 
2013-05-01 01:54:43 PM  

theorellior: Anyway, I don't think LOL was ever supposed to be funny, per se. It's just an acronym to mark that you found something funny


TFA (which I'm guessing nobody read) is basically saying, it's not even that anymore
Take LOL. Today, it wouldn't signify amusement the way it did when it first caught on. Jocelyn texts "where have you been?" and Annabelle texts back "LOL at the library studying for two hours."
How funny is that, really? Or an exchange such as "LOL theres only one slice left" / "don't deprive me LOL" -- text exchanges often drip with these LOL's the way normal writing drips with commas. Let's face it -- no mentally composed human being spend his or her entire life immersed in ceaseless hilarity. The LOLs must mean something else.
They do. They signal basic empathy between texters. What began as signifying laughter morphed into easing tension and creating a sense of equality.
That is, "LOL" no longer "means" anything. Rather, it "does something" -- conveying an attitude -- just as the ending "-ed" doesn't "mean" anything but conveys past tense. LOL is, of all things, grammar.
Of course, no texter thinks about that consciously...

But of course that's from some idiot linguistics professor at Cornell.
 
2013-05-01 02:07:59 PM  
I don't know, I still think CNN is a joke. They may disagree, but I still LOL at them.
 
2013-05-01 02:09:53 PM  
But really, Land of the Lost was only funny if you were high on weed.
 
2013-05-01 02:15:47 PM  
I once made the mistake of telling my coworkers I disliked the word LOL.

When I came to work the next morning, my cubicle was covered with Post-its and other bright colored pieces of paper with LOL written on them...
 
2013-05-01 02:17:35 PM  

GiantRex: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 223x226]


You just got tricked!
 
2013-05-01 02:20:59 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: That is, "LOL" no longer "means" anything. Rather, it "does something" -- conveying an attitude -- just as the ending "-ed" doesn't "mean" anything but conveys past tense. LOL is, of all things, grammar.


Ahhh. In other words, it's become a handshake packet. There are plenty of those in human language. People think they're useless filler, but they serve an important purpose for turntaking and conversational cohesion.
 
2013-05-01 02:32:47 PM  
You heard it on CNN so it must be official.
 
2013-05-01 02:33:23 PM  
jigger:

wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com

Dude, I am totally forwarding this to my Uncle Harvey.
 
2013-05-01 03:00:03 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-01 03:07:36 PM  
Well CNN did give us more laughs than the daily show the past few weeks
 
2013-05-01 04:08:42 PM  
You know what I'm sayin'?
 
2013-05-01 04:49:13 PM  
┌∩┐(ಠ_ಠ)┌∩┐
 
2013-05-01 06:40:21 PM  

MagicBoris: I once made the mistake of telling my coworkers I disliked the word LOL.

When I came to work the next morning, my cubicle was covered with Post-its and other bright colored pieces of paper with LOL written on them...


What's their Fark habdle?
 
2013-05-01 07:09:55 PM  
cdn.smosh.com
 
2013-05-01 07:10:26 PM  
That's why you have to use it ironically now, laaaawl.
 
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