Personally I don’t like to type LOL. I’m old enough to think it’s unnatural and I prefer to use hahahaha or heh or even deign to stoop to a smiley face emoji. I’ve told my friends that if I ever text or message them and use LOL they’ll know I’ve been kidnapped or assimilated by alien invaders.
But it terms of utility, I have to admit it’s up there with OK and WTF.
Varieties of Hahaha.
In many countries, the standard “lol” or “hahaha” is simply the local form of hahaha. The simplest way to do this is to simply write “Ha3.” Or you go regional with things like:
ARABIC SPEAKING COUNTRIES
هاهاهاهاها (loud laugh) or ههههههه (giggle)
xaxaxa or gggg or ))))))))
SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES
Alternates to hahaha.
Other places go their own way. This leads to a whole variety of expressions and letters and even numbers.
The more rs you add, the funnier it is. From the Portuguese word “to laugh” (risos).
If you’re texting your friends in Paris about how you dropped your baguette in the Seine, use this expression. It’s short for mort de rire (dying of laughter).
Germans actually aren’t legally allowed to have a sense of humor, but they think it’s alright to grinsen (grin) when other people are laughing out loud.
As with Brazil, use more of these as things get funnier. “w” is an abbreviation of warai (laughing).
ㅋ is the Hangul for the sound K. Laughing sounds like someone say kihkihkihkihkih. Which, if you think about it, is about as close to actual laughing as hahahahaha. Koreans who come to North America and use KKK as an expression of laughter are often surprised at the reactions they get.
Cool Swedes use asg when they are roaring with laughter. It’s short for asgarv (roars of laughter). Because of course the descendants of Vikings roar.
In Thailand, you can use 555 instead of “lol.” Why? Just look at their number system and you’ll get it.
0 Sun 1 Nueng 2 Song 3 Sam 4 Si 5 Ha