What Does LMAO Mean?
Do you want to know the meaning of LMAO? Did you know it has more than one meaning? At one time or another, you've probably seen this Internet slang word. Since you've made it here you're probably wondering what it means. LMAO is one of many common words used in text messaging, instant messaging, chat, and even Facebook or Twitter.
So what does this term mean? It's actually quite simple! LMAO is an acronym that stands for Laughing My A** Off. Many people say (or text) this acronym when they find something particularly funny.
Sometimes, when a person finds something extremely funny, they say LMFAO. LMFAO is almost identical in meaning, but has the "F" word added to it to create: Laughing My F**king A** Off. This one, however, is considered to be vulgar and is not used as often as LMAO.
Alternative Meanings: What else does LMAO stand for?
LMAO has a number of different meanings.
While this acronym has a large number of popular uses, it is most often used to tell a person that something is funny. Because of this, many people are unaware of or do not use any alternative meanings.
If you use LMAO to mean any of the following, make sure that your audience is aware of these alternative meanings to avoid confusion (and the possibility of offending the person.)
While some of them can be hilariously funny, you have to make sure that your friends know what they mean. Be sure to point them over here to see some of these alternate meanings!
- Laughing My Arms Off
- Laughing My Ankles Off
- L*ck Me All Over
- Leave Me Alone, Okay?
More Common Text Terms & Chat Acronyms
Be right back
By the way
See you, later!
For what it's worth...
In my (honest/humble) opinion
In real life
Laugh out loud
Oh my god
Read the (effing) manual
Too much information
Talk to you later
What the f***
Netspeak vs Leetspeak
Words such as LOL (meaning Laugh Out Loud), LMAO, and LMFAO make up what is called netspeak. This is also sometimes called chatspeak.
A large number of people on sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter use these terms, but many of these words have been in use before these websites even existed. For example, many words in netspeak come from gamers and those who use Instant Messengers.
Netspeak is also related to what is called leetspeak, a language developed by hackers which allowed them to slip past email filters. Leetspeak became popular and is no longer used solely by hackers.
While leetspeak did gain popularity, it still isn't a huge part of social networking sites like Facebook. It is mostly used by online gamers, programmers (most hackers are programmers), forum posters, and hackers.
So how does this language work? Leetspeak works by substituting letters with numbers or different letters that are similar in appearance. For example, the letter "E" would be replaced with the number "3." Spelling may also be slightly altered in some words. In fact, the term "leet" in the very name of the language is often written as 1337.
Examples of leetspeak:
ski11z = skills
1337 = leet
haxxor = hacker
n00b = noob, newbie (this means a newcomer and is usually meant as an insult)
As you can see, LMAO is just one of many words used throughout the Internet.
Because the Internet almost has a completely different vocabulary than real life, it can be frustrating for n00bs. Don't worry, as time passes, you'll learn to become comfortable with many of these terms.
For now, you know the meaning of LMAO, LMFAO, and LOL. (As well as a little bit of leetspeak.) If you're curious about other terms common on the Internet, you may want to look up terms like rofl, ftw, wtf, afk, imo, and more! That way you'll know more than just what LMAO stands for!
© 2011 Melanie Shebel
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