If you are an avid reader, you are among the few who knew that my blog posts before were numbered (Rule #1, Rule #2, Rule #3, blah blah) and they did not have sensible titles at all. What they had were subtitles and after almost a year, I realized (yeah, just some days ago) that subtitles will never ever make up for titles. Although they are called “sub”-titles, they are not enough “substitutes” for a title. Have I proven my point?
So for my 29th rule (and as a gift to myself for my 25th freakin’ birthday), I am re-titling all my previous blog posts (rules) and for the benefit of the readers who would happen to stumble upon my humble blog for the first time, I will also give a short but sweet intro of each. :)
From latest to oldest.
The LOL Rule – How I abhor using the term “LOL” in written communication.
The Eat All You Can Rule – How we sometimes confuse an all-you-can-eat buffet to an all-you-should-eat or all-you-think-you-deserve-to-eat one.
I edited the aforementioned blog posts, too. From now on, you will not see “Rule # anymore. You will see real titles. Haha! Pardon me, since some titles are long, di kineri ng theme kong pang one-liner lang dapat ang title. I will fix that real soon. :)
Not only because it sounds like the filipino foul word "ulol" and not just because i find it awkward and insulting to use it when a friend (I chat with) is trying to make me laugh:
Friend: Knock knock!
Me: Who’s there? Friend: Pork chop masarap lagyan mo ng ketchup. Me: Pork chop masarap lagyan mo ng ketchup who? Friend: (to the tune of ke$ha's Tick Tock) Pork chop masarap lagyan mo ng ketchup. Tonight I’mma fight ‘til we see the sunlight! Me: Lol.
I do not use it simply because it kinda steals the zest of a laughter, if it ever has one. "Lol" is kinda like an emotion stealer. I mean, how hard could typing "hahaha" be? In fact, when a person I chat with cracks me up, I type hahaha as long as the laugh (or even the smile) is with me. So the longer my haha, the more "benta" the joke is to me. Isn't that more rewarding to the other party?
Friend: Use SCHOOLING in a sentence. Me: Okay, use it. Friend: *Ring, ring*…..Hello? Who SCHOOLING? Me: lol
Friend: Use CONTEMPLATE in a sentence. Me: Use it. Friend: I went to a party last night. There was so much food pero co-CONTEMPLATE. Me: hahahahahaha!!
See the difference?! Haha!
Plus "lol"-ing is, more often than not, an exaggeration. Add to it its relatives - lmao and rofl. I don't know why and how people who have invented the terms have come to it, but I am darn sure whoever they are, they never really laughed their asses off or rolled on the floor laughing -- literally. I mean, come on, who does that?!