Chat Slang and Acronyms used in chat rooms, IM, and email
Public Service Announcement to three of my email contacts (one of whom is my Mother):
LOL does not stand for 'Lots of Love'. It stands for 'Laughing Out Loud'.
It looks really strange when you sign off your emails with LOL (name). Why are you laughing? Are you not taking the email seriously? Do you find me funny, like a clown?
Understand that you may inadvertently upset someone by using the acronym to stand for Lots of Love; they may not read it in the same way you do.
Sidenote: I wonder if this is a common change in usage for people who are relative newcomers to the internet? eg, if you're a pre-2000 denizen, it will always be Laugh, but post 2000, Love is the more common interpretation.