Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Politely Laughing Out Loud Around the World

This is a guest blogger from "Etiquipedia" here, as your Etiquette Sleuth, Maura Graber, is still recovering from a recent and surprising brief stay at her local hospital.  She has been somewhat active on Twitter, and hopes to be blogging and starting etiquette classes back up by the end of the month.

 
Cheezburger Network's Ben Huh says, "'LOL' is a part of everyday life. It's a polite way of acknowledging someone."

They say that laughter is the best medicine... Do you know how to text, or tweet, "LOL" around the world?  Below you will find a few ways in which LOL is written in other countries and languages.


     Believe it or not, LOL is now considered a word, according to the Oxford English Dictionary's principal editor for new words. Cheezburger Network's Ben Huh says, "'LOL' is a part of everyday life. It's a polite way of acknowledging someone."

"MDR" is the French language version, from "mort de rire". Roughly translated "dying of laughter."

And "חחח/ההה" is the Hebrew LOL language version. "ח" is pronounced 'kh' & "ה" is pronounced 'h'. Putting them together makes "khakhakha."

555 is the Thai language variation of LOL. "5" in Thai is pronounced "ha", so three of them are "hahaha."

"ASG" is the Swedish language's LOL. It is an abbreviation of the term Asgarv, meaning "intense laughter."

"MKM" is the Afghan language's LOL. An abbreviation of the Dari phrase "ma khanda mikonom", which means "I am laughing."

2 comments:

  1. I would love to read more! We are so alike around the world. I really enjoyed this :-)

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  2. I am trying to find more, though the American "LOL" is becoming more of the norm worldwide.

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