Does "LOL" Stand for "Lucifer Our Lord"?

And all this time I thought it meant "Laughing Out Loud"....

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Social media scuttlebutt has it that the common Internet acronym "LOL," which is usually taken to mean "Laughing Out Loud," actually stands for "Lucifer Our Lord," supposedly part of a Satanist prayer or slogan. For that matter, "YOLO" supposdly stands for "Youth Obeying Lucifer's Orders." WTF? Is all Internet slang Satanic in origin?

Description: Rumor / Joke
Circulating since: Nov. 2012
Status: False (see details below)


Example #1:
As shared on Reddit.com, Nov. 20, 2012:

BEWARE
Stop using the abbreviation 'LOL'
'LOL' stands for 'Lucifer our Lord'.
Satanists end their prayers by saying
'Lucifer our Lord', in short, 'LOL'.
Every time you type 'LOL' you
are endorsing Satan.
Do not user 'LOL' ever again!
Keep Satan out of your life.
Share this advice to Christians.


Example #2:
As shared on Facebook, Nov. 27, 2012:

LOL = LUCIFER OUR LORD.
YOLO= YOUTH OBEYING LUCIFER’S ORDERS.
SWAG = SATAN’S WISHES ARE GRANTED.
ROFL = RISE, OUR FATHER LUCIFER.
BRB = BEELZEBUB RULES BELOW.
WTF= WORSHIP THE FALLEN.


Example #3:
As shared on Google+, Jan. 15, 2015:

ATTENTION !!
Don't use the word "LOL" ever again in your life.
It stands for "Lucifer Our Lord". "Lucifer" was an angel who started off as one of God's most beautiful creations but he was very vain and prideful. In Islam, he is known as "Iblis" or "Satan". Many of the Satanists (including members of Illuminati) say this while ending their prayers.


Analysis: ROFL! This tongue-in-cheek Internet meme first turned up on Reddit.com in late November 2012 and has been making the social media rounds ever since. The original post appeared in a forum on atheism, please note, not Satan worship. I've found no evidence to support the claim that the phrase "Lucifer Our Lord" is a standard component of any Satanic ritual or prayer, let alone that the acronym "LOL" was derived from it.

It's a joke, period.

The Oxford English Dictionary, that most esteemed of etymological authorities, states unequivocally that "LOL" originated as the acronym of "Laughing Out Loud," citing an electronic text dated May 8, 1989 as the earliest documented instance of this usage (among other familiar acronyms such as "BTW" for "By The Way," "BRB" for "Be Right Back," and "LMTO" for "Laughing My Tush Off," which would eventually morph into the less polite "LMAO").

"YOLO" — which stands, as any child of the early 2000s knows, for the expression "You Only Live Once" — does not mean, and has never meant, "Youth Obeying Lucifer's Orders." Though the acronym itself is of fairly recent coinage (and not necessarily native to the Internet), the phrase "You only live once" can be found in European literary works dating back to the 1700s. The phrase "Youth obeying Lucifer's orders," on the other hand, appears nowhere in the historical record at all, ever.

Sources and further reading:

Does 'LOL' Really Mean 'Lucifer Our Lord'?
TechNewsDaily, 26 November 2012

LOL, WTF? The Origin Stories of Your Favorite Internet Acronyms
Huffington Post, 17 July 2014

FWIW - The Origins of 'Net Shorthand
PC World, 7 November 2008

Glossary of Internet Terminology and Acronyms
About.com: Internet Basics, undated

List of Chat Acronyms & Text Shorthand
NetLingo, undated

Last updated 03/31/15