"lol" the contagious disease.
I first discovered the term about 7 years ago back in the days when it cost an arm and a leg to go online.
At first I thought.. why do these pple keep saying "lots of love"?
Then I discovered what it meant and i became well and truly addicted.
I "lolled" when something was only mildly funny and "roffled" when it brought tears to my eyes, with a few "L mayos" and other variations in along the way.
The keyboard now had a mind of its own, when ever I typed something it inserted a "lol" on its own accord.
I found myself having to spell check memo's to Trustee dept and try not to insert it to letters to customers.
We regret to advise you that your account is £x in debit
so we have therefore returned unpaid your cheque lol..
... yeah that would go down really well.
It then became more serious and my tongue suddenly found itself infected.
Reading through the birthday cards one day in a shop, I suddenly found myself saying out loud those dreaded words "lol".
The woman next to me stared as if I had spat out the most dreadful swear word imaginable.
Good job I didn't "roffle" or I'm sure she would have had me committed.
No-one in my everyday life understood these terms, I was beginning to be a social leper and outcast for my "weird vocabulary".
I challenged my online buddies to find me a cure... only to find they suffered the same affliction and one person told what he'd done only that day.
~ Standing up in front of a group of Financial Advisors giving a presentation and deciding to take a quick break he uttered the dreaded word BRB,
to be met with a room full of blank stares.
These days the terms are far more understood particularly with the advent of sms. and even the yanks now understand pmsl.