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Plot Device
01-26-2009, 11:14 PM

Is it pronounced "lahlz-cat" or "el-oh-elz-cat"??

01-26-2009, 11:16 PM

Is it pronounced "lahlz-cat" or "el-oh-elz-cat"??

This made me laugh, Plot Device. I'm going with el-oh-elz-cat :)

Plot Device
01-26-2009, 11:17 PM
Darn it! I knew I shoulda made a poll!

01-26-2009, 11:22 PM
You should have, because I was going to say "lahlz-cat".

Kitty Pryde
01-26-2009, 11:22 PM
Isn't it 'LOLcats'? Pronounced Lole-cats. As you can see, 'lolzcat' does not appear in the The Definitive Lolcats Glossary (http://speaklolspeak.com/page/J+%E2%80%93+L).

01-26-2009, 11:26 PM
I pronounce it as "lawlcats." Don't know if that's correct, though.

01-26-2009, 11:32 PM
I don't even know what the hell it means, I just pronounce it that way. Lole-cats.

Plot Device
01-26-2009, 11:59 PM
I don't even know what the hell it means, I just pronounce it that way. Lole-cats.

Here's what it means:


(And yes, KittyPryde is correct, there is no "z". My bad.)

And here is a specimen example of lolcat:


01-27-2009, 12:06 AM
I've always heard it as aw, look, more crap.

ETA: :)

01-27-2009, 12:08 AM
That's hilarious.

BTW, I love your avatar, Williebee.

01-27-2009, 12:10 AM
loll cats

loll cats!

They laugh out loud, but more often, they loll.

   /lɒl/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [lol] Show IPA Pronunciation
–verb (used without object)
1. to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge: to loll on a sofa.
2. to hang loosely; droop; dangle: The dog stood in the heat with his tongue lolling out of his mouth.


01-27-2009, 12:35 AM
My daughter pronounces is "loll-cats" and chides me every time I say "L-O-L-cats"

01-27-2009, 12:48 AM
el-oh-el, no 'z'

01-27-2009, 12:58 AM

Is it pronounced "lahlz-cat" or "el-oh-elz-cat"??

Neither. LOLcatz is pronounced...well...'lolcatz'.

01-27-2009, 01:42 AM
lole-cat/loll-cat is the only way I've heard it pronounced.

01-27-2009, 11:17 AM
I don't think I ever heard anyone say "lolcats", but I always assumed "lollcats".

One way to check is for "a lolcat" vs. "an LOLcat". "A lolcat" (suggesting a pronunciation starting with "l") is more frequent on google (about 7 times more common than "an lolcat). If you do the same search on icanhascheezburger.com only (the authoritative source on lolcats), you get a similar result (it's now about 10 times as frequent).

Considering such puns as Philolsophers (http://www.flickr.com/groups/philolsophers/pool/) and lolcavore (http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005114.html), which wouldn't work if you'd pronounce the letters seperately, I tend to think that "loll-cats" or "lole-cats" would be the default pronunciation.

Of course, LOLcatz still occurs, as with the makers of this quiz (http://www.quizilla.com/quizzes/7439576/if-you-were-an-lolcat-which-one-would-you-be). (Since the quiz isn't funny, I'm not sure it should count...)

01-27-2009, 12:02 PM
I'm going with lole-cats, too.

01-27-2009, 12:15 PM

that's my pronunciation, anyway.

01-27-2009, 12:36 PM
By the way, you can listen to the lolcat article at wiki and hear how it's typically pronounced.

Matera the Mad
01-28-2009, 06:08 AM
i alwaz sez it laik it iz rote http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/matera/chessie.gif