I witnessed the clash of the old and new worlds while driving the other day. The cause: lol. To my 11-year old daughter, lol means “laughing out loud,” because of her use of instant messaging. I just have to wonder how many times (millions perhaps?) in the course of one day “lol” is used in instant messaging.

But to my 47-year old wife, lol means something altogether different. For years, she and I used “lol” as code language while driving for “little old lady.” The explanation of our lol has my daughter using it one way when we drive and the more common way online. My wife doesn’t like my daughter using lol to refer to little old lady.

My reaction: lol.

Photo Credit: Screen grab from shortfilm “405

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