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'LOL' is way older than you think

'LOL' is way older than you think
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These days, "LOL" is a common acronym for "laugh out loud" that people use in texts and instant messages to represent laughter. While you might think that "LOL" is relatively new invention, it's been around a lot longer than you think.

The term actually predates many other tech inventions and harkens back to the early days of the digital age. So, when did LOL come into existence?

The term likely first appeared in an old FidoNews Newsletter way back in May of 1989. That's right, LOL is actually 26 years old, if you can believe it.

However, LOL's roots go back even further than that. The acronym is actually just the latest in a long line of words that humans have used to express the idea of laughter in writing and text.

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