Laughing Out Loud (lol) and Other Irritating Sayings

a bad case of wind

Or laughing out quiet.
Or laughing out quiet.

Annoying Sayings

Annoying Sayings

Funny Quotes and Sayings

Laughing Out Loud - or -

Lol: meaning 'laughing out loud'. How else would you laugh? Have you ever heard anyone los (laughing out silent)? You can smirk; you can smile; you can be silently gleeful, but if you see a silent laugh, it's probably just a bad case of wind.

Even a chuckle or a chortle is heard. A giggle is louder still; a cackle is verging on the same decibels as laughter, it’s a wee bit creepy, but it's loud enough to be heard above the washing machine. But, unless you have your hearing aid switched off, or you're twenty or more yards away from its source, laughter is always aloud. Although, it's not always allowed (lol)-:(

Anyway, what do you have to laugh at? You're an aging would-be geek, sitting at a computer, trying to be personable, and scratch a few pennies off the internet, because there's no proper jobs left in your part of the World.

And, I can’t imagine you working a QWERTY keyboard and laughing at the same time - and if you ever had to sneeze, driving round a hairpin bend, you'll know what it's like laughing out loud whilst fumbling for your specs and trying to text on a mobile.

Now teenagers, drive like that all the time. And, if I remember right, the convulsions you get sneezing are one thing; the kind you get with your girlfriend, while driving - are dangerous. You’re silently gleeful, of course, but for the sake of good manners, you’re not laughing out loud.

Contradiction in Terms: An expression used by clever smug boggers, who could just as easily say, "make your mind up". They could even raise one eyebrow, and say "make your mind up", in a supercilious, condescending manner, whilst sipping their tea with their pinkie in the air, and that still wouldn't be quite as irritating as a smug, self-opinionated twerp, going round pontificating, with “that’s a contradiction in terms”.

Buts: I'm going to put 'I'm sorry but', 'you say that but', and 'I hear what you're saying, but', all together, to save time. (Although, I'm not in a hurry - I could rant all day.)

'I'm sorry but', is used a lot in my locale; it's said in utter cold blood: "I'm sorry, but I've just clamped your car for being 2mm over the line". (Aye right, and you're fresh out the Mad Frankie Fraser School of Human Kindness.)

'You say that, but' and 'I hear what you're saying but'. Now, whenever I hear - ‘you say that, but’, I know someone's about to be called a liar, in a highly sophisticated manner, (as taught in UK public schools) and they're going to duck the question by saying 'I hear what you're saying, but'. Here, in the UK, politicians and media interviewers share these expressions as freely as dogs share genital odours/aromas, just before they rip each other's faces off (the dogs, I mean). About sixty million Brits are shouting at the telly. “Just call the rissole a liar, ya’ smarmy git! We all know what he is; he's a politician, and his lips are moving”.

Well, I've had enough for today, and I'm sure you have too. I had a list as long as your arm and I've only touched on about three irritants. (Why do people say 'a list as long as your arm’? Why don't they use their own arm to measure with? It’s closer at hand... Gawd, I've started again). I've also (I won't say got) an irritatingly, anal retentive computer that keeps pulling me up about my grammar - (it's not laughing out loud; it's laughing aloud - just saying, lol) so, enough's enough.

Computer laughing out loud

Man laughing out quiet
Man laughing out quiet

Teenage driving

Dangerous but gleeful.
Dangerous but gleeful.

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Your work is nothing if not hilarious. I once saw graffiti that said "Life is a contradiction." And below it someone else had come along and painted "No. It's not."

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

That someone else never met my wife - although he'd probably deny it and say he had, even if I wasn't married. Life's like that. Nice to hear from you James.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Enjoyed this, amillar. I think your "just saying" may be as irritating as the U.S. "you know" repeated ad infinitum or "you know what I mean."

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suny51 6 years ago

LOL-When is the next installment?

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi drbj. Yes I know the saying. "You know what I mean." And you wonder if they're asking a question, or if they think they're psychic - and in a position to make such a statement. Thanks for looking in on me.

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi suny51. I suppose I could do more of these hubs. I had a lot of ideas, but once I started ranting I got stuck in a groove. Mind you I could moan for Scotland in the Olympics. Thanks for your comment. (My wife would say don't encourage him.)

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Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

Here in Sussex I often hear 'you know what I mean' used as a kind of verbal punctuation. It's like a built-in pause that gives people a chance for their brains to catch up with their mouths! The other common phrase that really grates on me is 'it goes without saying'. Well if it goes without saying, then don't bother saying it!

Great hub as always, and I love all the Scots dialogue. It's just like listening to Billy Connelly!

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Amanda I once heard a recording of myself speaking - and I cringed. Every sentence was punctuated with "know what I mean". I can even get irritated by me. Know what I mean but(.?)

Many thanks for commenting again.

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

LOL brilliant Cheers.

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi ladyjane1 thanks for looking in on me. Do you discipline your primate?

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

no but I spank my monkey now and then!

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

as long as he got what was comin' to him ladyjane1.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Hilarious and useful! Eric Berne defined the "yes, but..." game as one which should be avoided at all times, but I...

Yes, but I mean what do you think? Really, for crying out loud!

Thanks for this one.

Love and peace


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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi Tony I'm not up on psychology, so Eric Berne was new to me, but I've been Googling. That's the great thing about the internet - instant info.

Thanks for your comment and as for the weather you're having at present, you have your personality to keep you warm.

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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Well amillar you did leave out a classic! 'they' told me!

Who the heck are 'they' and how would 'they' know anyway?

I don't know anyone called 'they' do you? You must do because you said so. "Why don't they use their own arm to measure with?" LOL

funny hub, well written!

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi agvulpes I love your avatar/ photo.

A man who owns a Box Brownie, and strongly argues that he isn't opinionated, must know what he’s talking about.

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

You have a great sense of humor - you know what I mean! You know I have to say half of those shortened sayings for texting like LOL get pretty irritating. Especially when it takes me half an hour to work them out.

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi Billy, I've just recently worked out that all I have to do is Google, and all these modern acronyms are my fingertips. But, that doesn't help, because I still don't know how to switch my mobile phone on - never mind 'text' with it. ):LOL:( Thanks for looking in on me:)

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Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

Thanks so much for the best LOL I have had in ages!

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Thanks for visiting Alison. They say laughter is the best medicine. (That's not to say anyone needs medication.)

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

lol, Well it was real good but I'm sorry but just saying I kinda squinted my eyes through the worst part if you know what I mean, but I hear what you're saying. :)


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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi Poly - if you mean by the worst bit, the bit where I go into Glaswegian lingo, don't worry everyone has to squint when they go to Glasgow.

Thanks for your visit, it's nice to see you again.

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loladukes 6 years ago

I'm from Hull and we say 'see you later' instead of goodbye, even to perfect strangers, I accidentally said it to a tele-marketer the other day, even I irritate me!

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hi loladukes, I say 'see you later', instead of goodbye, too. In fact, I often say it to people on the telephone that I can't see, and that I'm never likely to see. Worse still, I've sometimes said it to women, and then went away hoping neither she, nor her husband, takes it literally.

Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Thanks for making me laugh right out loud.

voted up and funny.

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hiya Fay - I suppose laughing out loud is what it's (mainly) all about.

Thanks for commenting.

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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Very clever. I enjoyed this hub very much and tried not to LOL, but couldn't help it. Thanks for the entertainment.

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Hello toknowinfo, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. If I made you LOL, it's all been worthwhile.

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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Oh my you made some sense but at the same time you tied up my head.... LOQ , he he he.

Great point with the LOL :)

Take care

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Well I don't often make much sense ladyjojo, so that's a plus. I often tie up own head - so I suppose that sort of thing can be catching.

Thanks for dropping by; I appreciate it.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, you got me on my soap box now! lol sorry laugh out loud HA HA (that's better) the one thing that drives me up the wall and down the other side is the saying, 'Like', everything is 'well, like, I got, like, a new bike, like....argh! do you like it or not? say what you mean...! very funny again, love the laughs, cheers nell

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Like, I know what you mean Nell. Like, they’re all at it. It’s like they don’t like having too big a vocabulary, so they just like to use the same like word like, whether you like hearing it all the time like, or not l...

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Wonderful article, and i loved the videos and the amusing comments as well. They all really made me L.O.L. (lol)

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Thanks for reading and lol d.william, that’s what the hub’s all about.

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georgethegent 4 years ago from Hillswick, Shetland, UK

Good laugh - voted up!!!

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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

Thanks georgethegent. You’re a gentleman - and there’s not many of us left.

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