LOL Laugh Out Loud
Recently on the Leveson Inquiry looking into hacking in the British media the British public were shocked. Was it from the amount of phone hacking that had been going on? Or the British governments cosy relationship with establishments like SKY TV and News of the world. No, it was something a good deal more scandalous. It emerged that news of the world editor Rebekah Brooks had received many texts from British Prime Minister David Cameron and he usually signed off with LOL. Not for him did it mean ‘laugh out loud’ but instead, ‘lots of love’. Maybe he could have checked what something meant before sending it, but as with most politicians he’s maybe assumed he already knew. For Brooks and anyone else getting messages from him perhaps early on they have thought of saying “actually Dave, you know that people use LOL to mean laugh out loud now..” But if they did they must have thought better of it and actually did laugh out loud themselves on receiving yet another message, until he had to be put out of his misery and told eventually.
It’s not just the fact of being out of touch and maybe looking a bit stupid. It’s when Cameron realised what he had been doing and surely must have put his hand to his head and let out a Homer Simpson type “Doh!”
In the way that some people have to try and re-trace their steps to see if they made a fool of themselves on a drunken night out he has to do the same with his messages.
Might he have sent a message of support when one of his ministers had to resign. ‘Thinking of you-Lol’
Or explaining to an MP about mass job losses. ‘ We are doing the best for your area and my thoughts are with all the thousands who were made redundant. LOL.’
The list could go on and on. What things might he have said in genuine concern that were seen as sadistic cruelty.
What about others who have made this mistake in everyday situations.
‘Their house was burgled.lol’ or ‘I can’t believe he’s gone. The funeral is on Tuesday.lol’
But at least we can all be satisfied that David Cameron got a lot of ‘L’ recently from the British public. It’s just up to you to decide if it was love or laughter.