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How To Acknowledge a Good Joke September 27, 2007

Posted by Michael in Commenting Tips, Man Laws, Websites.
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I am sick to death of “LOL.” It is such a tired expression that I would be embarrassed to use it. Now, it has gotten even worse because it is associated with cat-bloggers posting “lolcats” pictures. Those people are the dregs of the Intertubes and they pose a major threat to the viability of Western Civilization.

The variants of “LOL” are not much better. Take “ROFLMAO” for example. You can’t usually use that, because you sound like an idiot. The joke was noteworthy, but you were not actually rolling on the floor and laughing your ass  off, and you sound like a dork if you say that.

So, sometimes I just type out a compliment, but that is cumbersome. It takes some effort to type out a comment that says: “Thank you, sir, your witticism elicited a hearty chuckle from me.” Normally, I just chuckle and move on, without acknowledging the joke.

We need a new acronym to do quick joke recognition. I’m proposing that we use “GLAR” as a quick reference to “giggling like a retard.”

This has the advantage of capitalizing on a common Intertubes expression, but one which has not been acronymized yet. (Yes, I am aware that “acronymized” is not a word — I just made it up.)

So, in response to Dave’s comment in a thread below that the song “Mohammed’s Radio” is about homosexuality, I say:

GLAR!

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1. Bart - September 27, 2007

I’m not a big user of lol, but I know that it’s here to stay.

And people are doing different things with it. A common usage is, “I lol’d,” or “lawls.”

2. nicedeb - September 27, 2007

I still use lol because it’s unfortunately still the best way to acknowledge a good joke. And I like to acknowledge good jokes.

But I’m up for using GLAR.

Just don’t let me be the only one out there using it, LLAR. (Looking like a retard).

3. sandy burger - September 27, 2007

Ha!

I predict that pretty soon all the cool kids will be writing LAWL.

4. Michael - September 27, 2007

I predict that pretty soon all the cool kids will be writing LAWL.

You underestimate the influence of the cool kids at IB. We can make GLAR take off. We’ll seed the threads at AOSHQ. From there it will spread to Hot Air, and then it becomes viral.

5. Bart - September 27, 2007

A little late on the lawl, dummies.

Heh has already become the main symbol for laughter on the dextrosphere.

6. Retired Geezer - September 27, 2007

snort

7. Wickedpinto - September 28, 2007

I couldn’t sell it as an alternative to foul language, so maybe “Quimby” can take the place of “LOL.”

8. Sobek - September 28, 2007

I got my copy of the book for October. It came with two audio CDs.

I’m ready to start Teach Yourself Modern Persian as soon as October rolls around.

9. Lipstick - September 28, 2007

LOL!

You owe me a new moniter!

(heh)

10. Nobody in particular - September 28, 2007

It’s…more of a chortle, though, isn’t it?

11. eddiebear - September 28, 2007

From there it will spread to Hot Air,
Screw HA! Thise whiny, defeatist, elitist pricks wouldn’t know humor if it came up and tasered them in the groin.

12. eddiebear - September 28, 2007

^I meant Those.

13. TattooedIntellectual - September 28, 2007

Roflmao song

Earworm alert!!!

14. Nobody in particular - September 28, 2007

Yeah, screw them!

15. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

Heh always seems like sarcastic laughter to me. Like you really just didn’t have the energy to guffaw, but it was mildly amusing, sorta.

16. cranky - September 28, 2007

So what’s GLARE then?

17. compos mentis - September 28, 2007

We need a new acronym to do quick joke recognition. I’m proposing that we use “GLAR” as a quick reference to “giggling like a retard.”

GLAR (literally).

18. BrewFan - September 28, 2007

I propose a new TLA for whenever Michael comments; EMM*. I know it’ll save me a lot of time.

*Eat Me Michael

19. compos mentis - September 28, 2007

GLAR (literally) (again)

20. Dave in Texas - September 28, 2007

Heh. Indeed.

21. lauraw - September 28, 2007

Read the whole thing.

Ha

22. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

Ask Ace’s pal, Chuckles the Law Student. He’s a comedian!

23. PattyAnn - September 28, 2007

PJM, you have a beautiful eye. (Now that’s one thing I never thought I’d have the opportunity to say.)

24. Cathy - September 28, 2007

Fun discussion. I sniggered, heh’d, and GLAR’d while reading.

GLAR has onomatopoeic characteristics that I like. I’m in.

Lol doesn’t click for me LMS* because of lolcats.

Heh seems like only half a laugh, but that’s okay.

*Like Michael Said

25. compos mentis - September 28, 2007

onomatopoeic

Christ, I felt like a child reading that word. awno- ohno- awnomato- awfuckit- I’m off to find a dictionary.

glar

26. PattyAnn - September 28, 2007

GLAR

“onomatopoeic ”

GLARE

27. compos mentis - September 28, 2007

Fizzle. That’s the onomatopoeic word for the sound my brain made when I first tried to read that word.

28. compos mentis - September 28, 2007

Another onomatopoeic word: SQUIRT!

29. nicedeb - September 28, 2007

Hey, am I the only one out there using it?

http://minx.cc/?post=241974

30. Gay & Lesbian Active Response - September 28, 2007

our group applauds you.

31. Dave in Texas - September 28, 2007

plop.

heh.

32. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

Cuffy you’re good

33. nicedeb - September 28, 2007

Grrrrr!

34. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

I think “Aching Side Splitting Guffawing Event Resulting in Brilliantly Insane Laughter” is better.

35. PattyAnn - September 28, 2007

PJM, did your comment appear above Cuffy’s? Are you in some time of warped time zone or something?

And your comment was good, Cuffy.

NiceDeb, I threw you under the bus over there. That’s the way I’m rolling today.

36. nicedeb - September 28, 2007

If you guys keep it up, I’m linking to this post!

I’ll do it!

37. Dave in Texas - September 28, 2007

Not only am I throwing you under the bus, I also accused Brewfan of staring at your ass.

That’s how I roll.

38. Dave in Texas - September 28, 2007
39. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

Dave, I saw that yesterday (and it’s on my “blog about” list). First thought is “too many engineers.” Looking into it…

40. Dave in Texas - September 28, 2007

Were you the guy that told me about the billboard there that says “Oh yeah, we forgot. You are a rocket scientist”?

that’s funny

41. Not An Onion Parody: « Nice Deb - September 28, 2007

[…] GLAR! Note that she had to throw ‘diversity’ and ‘choice’ in there. […]

42. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

Yep, this place is thick with brainiacs.

43. Mr Minority - September 28, 2007

Actually I am of the opinion that GLAR is well… how to put this nicely…GAY! (sorry Michael, I think you need to start eating red meat instead of that Lutheran Casserole stuff)

I will personally start using CLAP: Chorkling Like A Pimp

See it is multifunctional!

CLAP, CLAP

44. Dave in Texas - September 28, 2007

at one time, don’t know if it’s still true, Huntsville had more PhDs per capita than any city in the US

45. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

hey dave? heh

46. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

Haven’t seen an updated PhD stat, Dave. The city was also number 4 on the Soviet nuke target list (after NYC, DC, NORAD) because of its ICBM development work. Which brings us back to that massive fallout shelter…

47. compos mentis - September 28, 2007

I had the CLAP once. And I wasn’t Chorkling, whatever the fuck that is. I promised PattyAnn I’d write about it, which I will. Someday 😛

Mr. M, your opinion is valid because that’s the way you feel. My opinion that your opinion is FUBAR is valid as well, for the same reason. Not really GLAR, but CLADS (chuckling like a dipshit).

GLAR.

48. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

ASSGERBIL!

49. Dave in Texas - September 28, 2007

There is a progression with FUBAR, FUBAR being the last stage. It starts with SNAFU, gets worse with TARFU, and is irredeemably lost at FUBAR.

50. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

chortling was a word invented by Lewis Carroll in his jabberwocky poem

51. Mr Minority - September 28, 2007

chortling was a word invented by Lewis Carroll in his jabberwocky poem

Gufaw, Gufaw

My opinion that your opinion is FUBAR is valid as well, for the same reason.

FUCM

CLAP

52. nicedeb - September 28, 2007

Cuffy,

Try ASSGERBIL at AOSHQ.

Dave in Texas will back you up.

53. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

hey that’s the truth
And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms my beamish boy
Oh frabjous day, callou callay
He chortled in his joy

He made up a bunch of silly words and chortle stuck

*chortle*

54. composmentis - September 28, 2007

FUCM

That literally made me LOFL.

I’m at work. Stop doing that dammit.

GLAR

55. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

You first, Deb. Dave and I will back you up. Promise!

56. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

I’ll do it cuffy

57. Michael - September 28, 2007

We’re all behind you this time, Deb. Really.

🙂

58. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

From the Lemon Party gal…Of course you will, PJM.

59. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

Oh listen to you, mister pious.

60. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

My mom says I’m an angel.

ASSGERBIL!

61. Cuffy Meigs - September 28, 2007

Mesa, pinto and I are speaking gibberish: http://minx.cc/?post=242020

62. Mr Minority - September 28, 2007

Try ASSGERBIL at AOSHQ.

Dave in Texas will back you up.

What Cuffy and Dave do in the privacy of their motel room is none of our business.

63. mesablue - September 28, 2007

Mesa, pinto and I are speaking gibberish

I added a new one.

64. Mr Minority - September 28, 2007

LSHIP ?

65. mesablue - September 28, 2007

Laughing so hard I puked.

66. mesablue - September 28, 2007
67. pjmomma - September 28, 2007

I beat you to the ASSGERBIL cuffy. check out the tom cruise thread

68. Wickedpinto - September 28, 2007

onomatopoeic

My favorite word, well, almost, might be tied with anthropamorphic, and it’s variations.

69. Cathy - September 28, 2007

WP — I like that word too.

70. Wickedpinto - September 28, 2007

Cathy!!

You are MARRIED!!!

Stop hitting on me already, really!!!

Whats the gig!!

71. Cathy - September 28, 2007

#70 – I’m just conversing like the rest of the goobers, gals, geeks, tards, and fine folk who blog here. I say what I like and what I don’t. If you want me to ignore your comments, I will.

72. Wickedpinto - September 28, 2007

Okay, I was worried that all the others would become jealous.

OH! they should be, I was just worried.

73. Cathy - September 28, 2007

LJBB = let’s just be buds

74. Retired Geezer - September 29, 2007

anthropamorphic

Greek – anthros = men

logos = word

Anthropology= word about men = study of humans

Pope out.

75. gae - December 4, 2007

that would just make glarcats

76. Michael - December 4, 2007

Gae, anything is better than “lolcats.” Anything.

I’m interested in your moniker. Does “Gae” mean “hesitantly gay”? Or “in the closet gay”? Or “I’m pretending to be bisexual”? Or “I’m not admitting I am gay because that was my maternal grandmother’s name”?


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