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LOL (an acronym for "laughing out loud"), LMAO, ROTFL and other Internet slang acronyms that express bodily reactions, in particular laughter, are very popular.

Are there equivalent or similar German expressions? If they do exist, are they actually being used?

TIA ;-)

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kA, s.… – Phira May 31 '11 at 7:27
@thei thx. HDGDL – splattne May 31 '11 at 7:41
LOL isn't German? I always thought it stands for "Lautes Online-Lachen". :) – musiKk May 31 '11 at 20:40
by the way: Most of the English acronyms are used in German online conversations as well. – Black Feb 26 '12 at 12:53
@musiKk LOL = "laughing out loud" was ja vom prinzip her dasselbe heisst, sobald du dann aber erweiterst: lmao, rofl, roflmao ... wirds vom deutschen her schwierig – Vogel612 Feb 8 '13 at 16:24
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Here's an (incomplete) list of German language internet acronyms. Only one of them expresses a bodily reaction:

  • BD - Bis dann
  • BG - Breites Grinsen
  • DAU - Dümmster anzunehmender User (cf. Luser)
  • HGW - Herzlichen Glückwunsch
  • IDA / IEA - Ich dich (euch) auch
  • ILD - Ich liebe dich
  • HDL - Hab' dich lieb
  • HDGDL - Hab' dich ganz doll lieb
  • kA - keine Ahnung (anglc.: keine Angabe)
  • kwT - Kein weiterer Text (also kT, oT, owT)
  • LG - Liebe Grüße (also Viele Grüße, Viele liebe Grüße)
  • mMn - Meiner Meinung nach
  • SuFu - Suchfunktion
  • WD - Wieder da
  • WE - Wochenende

(an extract from WP:Liste von Abkürzungen (Netzjargon))

But it's very popular to to set something that resembles the imperative in asterisks to express one of those. This kind of speech is of course, as in English, considered childish and may even be impolite.

  • *grins*, *lach*, *wein*, *aufsteh*, *rausgeh*, *rasenmäh*.
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*Schenkel-klopf-und-lachend-auf-dem-Boden-roll* – deceze May 31 '11 at 7:35
used among younger people is also hdl = hab dich lieb. – ladybug May 31 '11 at 7:41
Never saw VLG, but rather just LG (Liebe Grüße / Lieben Gruß). Though I never understood why anyone would need acronyms ;) – OregonGhost May 31 '11 at 8:16
+1 für den DAU :-) – Jan May 31 '11 at 9:39
@Vogel612 no need to be sorry, we are talking about german acronyms, gg is english and used in two ways (as far as I know): good game, popular in the online gaming community e.g. wc3, LoL, DotA, SC and so on, but also as "*gg*" (giggle giggle) by girls in regular chatting (online chat rooms, skype, icq, msn). In a solely german game context I have never seen gg, but in german chat context you'll find *gg* as acronym for "grins (grins)" – Samuel Herzog Feb 13 '13 at 17:10

In countries where "u" is pronounced "oo" (and not "ew"), one thing which I slipped up on at first was

Ups! (= Oops!)

(Note that this is not an acronym, but still slang.)

This seems painfully obvious when one knows, but beforehand, while reading an IRC transcript for example, one may think that something appeared above (up) in the log which people are referring to.

Seems worthwhile to point out, although YMMV.

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