When I was a kid, my sister, bless her heart, was always telling me what to do and who to hang out with! She subscribed to Mark Twain's theory of change: "Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits." (lol)
Bloggers often use "LOL" when commenting. (I see "bless your heart" less often.) Both LOL and BYH serve a useful linguisted function--they allow the speaker to opinionate without offending.
Southerners (I hail from SC) can get away with the most outrageous comments by inserting that little magic phrase: "bless 'er heart."
I overheard my sister's real estate agent friend comment "That boy is a couple of bottles short of a six-pack, bless 'iz heart, but I love him! We're looking at ten more houses tomorrow." (lol)
Which brings me back to blogges using LOL. Wikipedia cites "LOL." It favors "Laugh Out Loud." LOL.com has built a business model on Laugh Out Loud jokes. (Go ahead, click the link. You want to, don't you?) But Wikipedia also lists a secondary use: "Lots of Love," which predates the internet, and seems (to me, at least) to be the preferred usage in comments on Active Rain.
It's the one I prefer. (lol)
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