Friday, February 27, 2004

Courtesy Laugh

I got nabbed via instant message by Pauly D.  You know, the dogpark-writer-guy, who, incidentally starts writing for an ABC reality TV show on Monday.  Go - congratulate him!  It's not his passion, but "reality tv pays the bills."

Anyway, we were chatting and he had some witty [and some not-so-witty-off-the-wall] comments.  To be expected - It was the middle of the night.  We were bound to get punchy. 

At one point I typed, "haha" to which he replied, "courtesy laugh."

Granted, we've all given the once-in-a-while courtesy laugh.  Come on, admit it.  Every time you type "LOL" are you really Laughing Out Loud?  Perhaps a ROTFLMAO gets a giggle out of you.  But every response?  Nobody laughs that much.  Not even Gregg!

But in this instance, I was actually laughing.  I was almost insulted by the accusation.  He still didn't believe me and wanted proof.  Here it is.

 

This is an actual laugh

 

This is a courtesy laugh

 

A courtesy laugh can vary, like so...

  

Don't be fooled.  In an actual instant message or email, they all look the same!  LOL

 

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37 comments:

lucylouladybug said...

You have a great laugh, no really, you do! I can see it!
I really like that scrunched up one in the middle!
A range of emotions.......
Love you, Penny

irun01 said...

LOL!! ROFL!! LMAO!! This was too funny Freee. I love the pictures. My fave you ask . . . . . the actual laugh.

montaukny said...

You are too cute for your own good, freee! LOL ~ no courtesy laugh here! Your laughing pics are giving me some inspiration for the card I'm gonna make for you this weekend.....let's just see where it takes me! ~Aunt Nub~

hempenhomespun said...

I love the pictures. Especially the one of your real laugh. And I WISH that everyone laughed out loud as much as they type LOL. I think it would make the world a better place.

mallory4284 said...

"LoL" but for real it made me smile. I'm not one to actually laugh out loud at my computer screen most of the time. (it has to be insanely funny for me to...) Otherwise, I just smile....

P.s. I got mail today! Thank you and you're welcome!! I listened to the CD on my drive home!

-- Mallory

chefgracegeorge said...

HOL (Hee out loud)

kemh632 said...

cool! How did you get the pictures in your Journal??

clarity4today said...

Those are adorable pictures. :-)
Yes, I've tried to cut down on use of "LOL", because it started to seem ingenuine. (correct word?). Sometimes if you're ROFL about stuff that is only amusing, it's hard to find the perfect way to express "I'm really laughing my ass off here!". Many have gotten creative, though. :-)

bridgetteleigh75 said...

Okay...I ALWAYS want the real laugh!! =) Since I'm so talented and witty...this shouldn't be a problem. hehe (I'm trying real hard not to write LOL).

You look so cute in these pictures, Trish. The one where your face is all scrunched up? That's how I imagine you look at that pile of clothes you own that have been lying in the laundry room for the better part of a decade. LOL (Okay...so I wrote it! But I really am chuckling about that!)

Love you bunches!

derossetfamily said...

I'm a bad LOL'er- I do it alot, but honestly, John has come in the room and asked if I was ok bc I was laughing so hard at my screen once during a chat! I joke with one of my online friends and say LOI- laughing on the inside, bc we all know I dont really LOL that much--but everytime I type in LOI I actually do LOL...LOL :p
It's a filler "word", easy to use and over use, like LIKE.
~Mary

slowmotionlife said...

LOL... funny, funny entry. The pics say it all! My favorite kind of LOL is when you're actually laughing so friggen hard, that you can't even get the ROFL typed right. So it looks more like RFOL!! Or FFLR!!!! Typo laughter. Oh yeah, those are good!! tehehehe... <-- that was a real tehehehe, btw.

musenla said...

I LOVE your actual laugh pic! But then again, ALL pics of you are adorable! =D

I think LOL has become the online version of Uhm and Ahhh, pregnant pauses that are hard to translate online. It's almost like an exclamation mark to some people, they use it to end every sentence, lol. (See?)

diannevan said...

I almost never say LOL in response to other folks' comments, but I use it when I'm saying something sarcastic so the other person knows I'm saying it in jest. BTW, is that MAKE-UP you're wearing for the web cam? ooh lala!

miarenee24 said...

LOL-Freee. I mean, ROFLMAO.."really" :P Right now, I feel more like your first photo up there. This is something that really needed to be addressed and clarified. Now, I'll know how to picture you when we are emailing or IM'ing next time :)
Love you! (and I'm not saying that out of courtesy) take care!

metski715 said...

This somehow made me remember the old days of AOL. Back when I was using AOL as a way to meet girls, I would have like 4-5 IM's going at one time. I would get so lost at times that I would mix up conversations.
I rarely now ever chat through IM's. My mom might IM me to say hi or someone from journal land will pop in with a 'whats up'. I don't might those kinds of IM's. No more of the Love Connection IM's. Takes up too much time. Time that I could be using in J-Land.
:)
chris

ondinemonet said...

Trish, you clever girl. LOL. Yep, I am laughing, well maybe grinning at least! Love, Carly :)

wessolo said...

How much writing is there on a reality show? I think we've all been duped. Reality shows aren't reality at all! I bet they even edit those shows, perhaps choosing only certain aspects to highlight a storyline or delineate a character arc to their own satisfaction! Why, I think I'm going to write a strongly worded letter to the networks about this fiasco.

:) Cute pics. Reminds me of Life Magazine.

viarbooba said...

this is a cute entry. i'm SRB.......smiling real big. :)

babyshark28 said...

yes LOL gets used a lot, especially by me. it's a fast way to say "you made me grin" or atleast giggle. it's also a way to share the state of ones heart.

your too funny freee...I am typing this and I keep getting distracted by all the funny faces you are making.
you make me laugh right out loud in my heart... Love you !!

geminiwilder said...

Hi Freee....I just came up with my own expression to replace LOL - it's SMEE!!!!! Smiling From Ear to Ear! Penny did something that made me SMEE!!! Now, I gotta go make your card! ~Cindy :~)

derasta said...

I think those LOL's are way over used are the people really laughing?

http://journals.aol.com/derasta/ADayInTheLife

somenuttychic said...

LOL (No, that's no courtesy laugh! That a REAL laugh.)

THIS ENTRY IS HYSTERICAL!!! You were mentioned publicly in the journal On the Tip of My Wings and privately last night by Hempenhomespun in an e-mail. I was intrigued. I had to visit. So here I am.

I love this entry!

lucylouladybug said...

SMEE!
Hehehe, I couldn't resist!
Love, Penny

viviansullinwank said...

OMG Free this entry had me ROFLSHIAPIMP and if you were at a recent chat B2B chat, you know what that means. Between your and Irun, I got my share of giggles today. I love these pictures....I love looking at your face. The last one is my favorite :)

paulsd2 said...

It's all clear to me now.

Thanks.

freeepeace said...

MALLORY - There have been times when I've startled my dog because I burst into laughter at the computer. [glad you got you're cd!]

GRACE - Ha! [Ha!] :P

KEMH - You can find answers to that question and more at Pam's Help Journal. Here's the link:

freeepeace said...

PENNY - you're adorable! SMEE too! :P

IRUN - I thought you might favor the actual laugh. :)

AUNT NUB - Should I be afraid? [kidding] I'm really excited about getting a card from you! Woohoo!

HEMPY - I agree, laughing as much as we SAY we laugh WOULD make the world a better place!

freeepeace said...

DONNA - As I read your comment I was struck by the true fact that if I'm actually laughing, I type it... as in... hahaha! Sometimes I actually type the whole thing like you did, "No seriously, I'm really laughing so hard I can hardly breathe...hahaha"

BRIDGETT - Ack! I've been caught. That IS the laundry-pile face! I STILL pass that pile with fear.

freeepeace said...

MARY - haha...that's great. LOI and then LOL and LIKE. You're a witty one!

SLOMO - haha - great comment. Those are the BEST laughs! Mostly they seem to happen when I really need to be quiet [like at Goda]. I wonder if it's just the idea that I CAN'T LOL there.

DIANNE - Good point. LOL to denote sarcasm. Makes sense. Same make-up as every other freeepeace webcam pic. Except, it's winter and I look washed out! Ugh!

freeepeace said...

MIA - I KNOW you actually LOL a lot! Good for the spirit! [love you too!]

CHRIS - You stud! Did you ever make any connections in those "old days of AOL?"

CARLY - In your recent entry, you ended with "ROFLMAO!!!!" I picture you spontaneously flailing your arms and kackling a hearty howl! And that makes me do the same. :)

JAMEY - I think he's one of the producers of the reality show. Life Magazine?

freeepeace said...

NUTTY - I saw Penny's entry. But what concerns me is the 'private mention' by Hempy. No biggie. A little paranoia only hurts a little. [kidding] Thanks for the comment! :)

{{{VIVIAN}}} - I *was* at a recent B2B chat - and I *still* don't know what that means! Fill me in, will ya?

PAULY D. - Ahhh! So you CAN leave a comment from your AIM acct. Now we know! :)

freeepeace said...

VIARBOOBA - Funny, I interpreted SRB as "Smiling Right Back" but I see... "Smiling Real Big." Me too!

SHARKY - As long as your heart is laughing, that's all that matters! Love you too!

CINDY - SMEE's a good one! Saw Penny's SMEE entry. Looking forward to my card! Yippee!

DERASTA - Welcome. Thanks for leaving a link! Now I don't have to hunt you down :)

krobbie67 said...

LOL! Really, I really am. Because I think my real life courtesy laughs look just like your virtual ones. If I'm not amused, I can't hide it. But here I'll ROTFLMAO! Nah, I can't hide it in cyberspace either. I probably would have been silent.

Whew! All caught up here so read below. I actually left a comment on every entry I've missed. Not sure I'll be able to get through all my reading tonight at this rate.
;-) ---Robbie

itsjustusinnc said...

Hey dammit! I do TOO laugh that much!!! I'm gonna have to do an audio entry or something to prove it to you! :-)

Gregg

kathlyna22 said...

haha, I really am laughing, but I agree, I don't feel particularly funny if someone writes LOL or LMAO.or...whatever else, just laugh it up chuckos!
~Kathleen

onmiownnow2 said...

It is a mortal sin to write "LOL" if you're not laughing. Since no one can see you, there is an honesty code in on-line writing. You guys better get to confession ASAP and start saying your pennance! LOL and I mean that! Lisa

sparkleintherain said...

Ha ha ha!

You have so many comments, that the wittiness of that will be lost. That was a real laugh. Your article was excellent!