Claim: The abbreviation “LOL” means “Lucifer Our Lord” and is used in prayer by Satanists.
Example: [Collected via e-mail and Internet, March 2015]
my dad told me that “lol” means “lucifer our lord” lol
I just read that LOL stands for Lucifer our Lord but this sounds
wrong to me. Can you check it out?
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 use LOL ever again!
Keep Satan out of your life.
Share this advice to Christians.
Origins: The ever-increasing popularity of text messaging,
Among Internet slang abbreviations, LOL is one of the most (if not the most) commonly used and oldest exemplars, officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011. Prior to that, rumors circulated involving
technologically savvy individuals (generally a mother or grandmother) taking the letters to mean “lots of love” and appending them to a text or
In November 2012, a Facebook page claimed that the abbreviation LOL had a hidden occult meaning linked with Satanism. According to rumor, the term was deliberately introduced to the vernacular for one of three commonly-cited reasons: to dupe the unwitting into pledging their allegiance to Satan, as a cipher used by Satanists to identify one another, or to end satanic prayers.
As is the often the case with backronyms, the rumor became more entrenched when it was uncoupled from its source (particularly among those less reliant on digital communications, the claim seemed plausible as the term was a novel one). Moreover, the surge in popularity of the term LOL in day-to-day conversations belied its age and perceived etymology.
In actuality, LOL isn’t all that new to the vernacular. Researchers at Oxford discovered its use (in lieu of “laughing out loud”) dating to the 1980s:
The oldest written records of “LOL” (used to mean laughing out loud) are in the archives of Usenet, an early internet discussion forum. And the original use was typed by Wayne Pearson, in Calgary, who says he wrote the first ever LOL in reply to a gag by someone called “Sprout”.
When the OED traced the origins of the acronym, they discovered 1980s computer fanatics were responsible.
The oldest written records of “LOL” (used to mean laughing out loud) are in the archives of Usenet, an early internet discussion forum.
And the original use was typed by Wayne Pearson, in Calgary, who says he wrote the first ever LOL in reply to a gag by someone called “Sprout”.
By contrast, the claim LOL abbreviated “Lucifer our lord” appeared out of the ether in
Last updated: 9 March 2015