Let it be known that I was the first to make this prediction: The word "lol" will officially become a spoken word (pronounced "lawl") within 5 - 10 years, predominantly among the youth, starting as a trendy thing to say. (Kinda the same way the definition of "cool" suddenly changed in the early 20th century) The word "lol" will be accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary within 15 - 30 years, with a definition as follows; Lol (pn.?) 1. To indicate amusment; "Lol. I find that to be funny." The word "lol" will be commonly accepted as normal in written dialogue, within literature and the like, within 30 - 50 years. The word "lol" might even be unblinkingly accepted on university level written material within 300+ years, once we and our children are all gone. Seem like a scary thought to you?