- Lmao is an abbreviation of the phrase “laughing my ass off.
- It is used to indicate that something is funny.
Lmao is a phrase that comes into mind when we’re laughing very hard, even though we rarely lose body parts to laughing.
The Meaning of Lmao
Lmao stands for laughing my ass off. Typically people use it in written conversations to show that they think something is funny. You can think of it as a stronger version of lol, which stands for laughing out loud. Lmao came about at the beginning of 1990s, and the people who used it first were early adopters of online communication. Today, it’s a part of textspeak and Internet slang. After all, it’s a lot more convenient to write lmao than “that was funny” or “that really made me laugh.”
How to Use Lmao
Lmao is not a phrase you should use in formal communication. Save lmao for social networks, instant-messaging apps, and text messages. You can write lmao in uppercase or in lowercase, but if you really need to use the abbreviation in a more formal context (an article about the abbreviation, for example) remember to stick to one set of capitalization rules.
There are a couple of ways you can build on lmao to show that you’re really, really laughing. Writing the acronym in all caps is one of the ways, but you can also add o’s to the end of the abbreviation: lmaoo is laughing my ass off and off. Some people also add the f-word, to get lmfao.