Back when I played World of Warcraft, there was a leader of another guild who was friends (possibly in real life, though I’m not 100% sure) with a member of our guild. The other guild was a pretty serious raiding guild, whereas our was not. They did mostly 25-man raids, we did mostly 10-man raids. Still, when his guild had raids ‘on farm’ (i.e., when they could speed through them almost by rote and complete the whole thing fast), or when he was looking to complete old content for achievements or legendary weapons
, he would sometimes fill out his roster with people from different guilds. Because or my guild buddy’s relationship to this guy, and because I was able to carry my weight, follow instructions, and not die stupidly, I sometimes got to go with him.
Communication in the raids was accomplished via a voice program called Ventrilo, or ‘vent’ for short, which was useful so the raid leader could hand out assignments, talk strategy, and review failures, if need be. There was also a lot of idle chatter, because getting 25 people who are scattered all across the world moving together is a lot like herding cats, and there’s a lot of down time. During this idle chatter, this raid leader would actually say “O-M-G” and “L-O-L”—just like that, spelled out. Not type it out in the on-screen raid chat, but say it, out loud. I suppose he was being ironic or something, hard to say, I never really got to know him all that well. Personally, as it stands, I tend to steer clear of acronyms like those, even in internet type of communications. When I played WoW and used guild or party chat (which was on screen), I used full words, proper capitalization, and correct punctuation where ever possible. I will admit to using ‘lol’ a lot when things were funny, because it turnred out to be the best way to quickly communicate the emotion. But never in spoken speech.
O. M. G.
L. O. L.
That was the biggest laugh I’ve had all year, and if ever there was a time to use OMG and lol, that was it. Have a nice weekend, everyone.