Have you ever received a message containing the phrase “LMAO” recently? Maybe you have heard it spoken in person. Learn what the acronym means and how to use it.
laughing my arse
LMAO stands for “laugh out loud”. This is used to express your laughter at something, such as a joke or meme. You can respond to a funny video by saying “LMAO” or adding a phrase such as “This is funny lmao.”
It is closely related with ROFL and LOL, which stand respectively for “laugh out loud” and “roll on to the floor laughing,” Many people perceive ROFL as more expressive than ROFL and stronger than LOL.
History of LMAO
LMAO was first used in the 1990s to refer to Internet messaging services such as IRC and message boards. Long before we covered other acronyms, the Urban Dictionary’s first definition of LMAO was published in June 2002. LMFAO’s first entry is from 2003.
As instant messaging apps and text message became more popular, the acronym became a common one on the internet. Today, lmao is part the everyday vocabulary of Internet users.
LMFAO stands for “laughmyfuckingass off” or simply “laughmyfuckingass off”. LMAO is equally popular. Both acronyms can be interchanged and they are almost equal in popularity. To avoid using the negative connotation in the original, however, many people, particularly younger Internet users, prefer to use “laugh my ans” instead.
It can also be combined with the Internet slang ROFL to make ROFLMAO. This means “rolling on floor laughing loudly”. It would be used when there is something that is extremely entertaining and worth the effort of writing all those lyrics.
The meanings of LMAO and other acronyms that convey laughter can differ between the lowercase and uppercase versions. LMAO is more likely to be used to indicate a louder, more hysterical laughter, while lmao can be used for a laugh or giggle. Many people use the lowercase letter “lmao”, which is used in text messages to fill in gaps between sentences or phrases.
LMAO for Culture
Popularity of LMAO has led to many memes and trends that include it.
One of the most popular memes is “Ayy, LMAO”, which was created in 2016. The macro image featured an alien image with the text “ayy lomao” below for a humorous effect. The meme has become a popular meme. Many people still use the phrase “ayy, lmao” to express enthusiasm or interest in something.
A viral musical act was once known by its acronym. LMFAO was an electronic dance group that existed from 2006 to 2012. This coincided with the introduction of the term into popular culture. “Party Rock Anthem” was the group’s first single. It went on to be one of the most popular songs ever.
LMAO has also been incorporated into the spoken language. Many people use “lmao”, when they find something amusing, instead of laughing. It is often pronounced “la mao” (or something similar).
How to Use LMAO
You can use LMAO and LMFAO whenever you wish to have a good time. You can use it alone or in combination with other expressions like emojis and gifs. The acronym can be used in informal communications and emails, but it should not be used in professional communications. It is best to save it for personal conversations with friends and family.
These are just a few of the many ways that LMAO can be used:
“LMAO! Did you see that guy trip on a banana peel?”
“This is one the most funny things I’ve ever seen in lmao.”
“Dude, your shirt’s inside out, lmfao”
Are you curious about other acronyms used on the Internet? You can check out our articles about FTFY, TBH and ITT.