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