Pet Peeve #18: ROFL

Has anyone ever texted or e-mailed the word “ROFL” to you?

ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing

Yeah. About that.

First, if you’re going to include “on” in the acronym, “the” belongs too. That makes it ROTFL.

Second, let’s be honest: You’re not rolling on the floor laughing. You’re probably not even laughing out loud. More than likely, you chuckled a little bit.

To my knowledge, no one in the history of mankind has rolled on the floor laughing from a text or e-mail. In person, possibly. Quite likely, in fact, if tickles are involved. But from reading something? I don’t think so.

I’m careful about my LOLs. If I type that acronym, I mean that I audibly laughed. It doesn’t mean that I laughed so hard that I scared the neighbors (that’s an LSHISTN). But I made a sound.

The next time you type ROFL, think twice before you hit send. The world will be a better place if you don’t.