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What Does LMAO Mean?
Quick answer: "Laughing my ass off."
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LMAO is one of many common words used in text messaging, instant messaging, chatting, and on Facebook and Twitter. At one time or another, you've probably seen this Internet slang. Did you wonder what it meant? Did you know it could have more than one meaning?
LMAO is an acronym that stands for Laughing My Ass 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 probably NSFW (not safe for work).
How to Laugh Online
Other ways to express your appreciation of online humor and let them know you're tickled include...
- LOL (laughing out loud),
- LOLZ (more than one laugh),
- ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing),
- LQTM (laughing quietly to myself),
- LSMH (laughing & shaking my head),
- LMHO (laughing my head off),
- HAHA (this one goes without saying),
- or just insert a :D or a laughing-so-hard-I-cry emoji.
Alternative Meanings: What Else Could LMAO Stand For?
LMAO has a number of different meanings, but 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 the alternative meanings.
If you use LMAO to mean any of the following, make sure that your audience is aware of your alternative meaning to avoid confusion (and the possibility of offense). While some of them can be hilariously funny, you have to make sure that your friends know what they mean.
- Laughing my arms (or ankles) off.
- Lick me all over!
- Leave me alone, okay?
- Let's meet (or last man) at the office.
- Let's make an oath/offer.
Common Text Terms, Internet Abbreviations, & Chat Acronyms
As a matter of fact
As far as I know
Best friends forever
Be right back
Back to topic
By the way
See you (or cover your a**)
Do it yourself
End of discussion
For what it's worth
For your eyes only
I don't know
In my (honest/humble) opinion
In real life
Laugh out loud
None of your business
Oh my god
On the other hand
Read the (effing) manual
Thanks in advance
Too much information
Talk to you later
What the f***
At the moment
Netspeak vs. Leetspeak
Words such as LOL (meaning laugh out loud), LMAO, and LMFAO make up what is called netspeak, also sometimes called chatspeak. A large number of people on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter use these acronyms and abbreviations, but many were used before these websites even existed.
Netspeak is also related to leetspeak, a language developed by hackers which allowed them to slip past email filters. 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. 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.
Examples of Leetspeak
ski11z = skills
1337 = leet
haxxor = hacker
n00b = noob, newbie (this means a newcomer and is usually meant as an insult)
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