I'm not sure how to say LOL in German. It might be Lautes Auflachen or Laut Lachend, I'm not positive which.

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    Could you clarify your question, please? Surely, when one uses the acronym lol in German, the intended expansion is still the English phrase, rather than a German substitute for it. On the other hand, if you are referring to expressing the action of laughing out in German, there are various expressions that can be used depending on the context (such as prusten). Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 20:29
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    Related: german.stackexchange.com/questions/2264/… and german.stackexchange.com/questions/7054/… - Answer "Erikativ" and think of lach!
    – tofro
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 21:43

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LOL has become an onomatopoeia in German. So people actually say lol or ell-o-ell.


In German chats, the Erikativ of verbs is used to express actions. Those extralinguistic expressions are set in asterisks (Ref.)


from lachen (= laugh)

*grins* or *g*

from grinsen (= grin)

  • Und alle so: (::-kicher-::) Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 13:20

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