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Posted by The Voice of Reason on April 18, 2000

In Reply to: Re: LOL posted by Bob on April 18, 2000

: : : I know LOL stands for Looking on Line, but what does it mean?

: : I thought it means "Lots of Luck"?

: It's (also?) email shorthand for "laughing out loud."

Since the early 19th century it's been the TLA for 'Loyal Orange Lodge'. The Orange Order was originally set up by the oppressed Protestant minority in Ulster following a skirmish with the Native Irish - who happened to be Catholic - in the village of Loughall in County Armagh and from those small beginnings has grown the many headed monster which is the 'Northern Ireland Problem' (NIP to insiders). I bet you're glad you asked: and such a full answer - it's a red letter day.