LUL is an abbreviation for “Lame Uncomfortable Laugh.” The LUL Twitch emoticon represents the late streamer TotalBuscuit which is used to show laughing and joy. It is frequently used in Twitch in the same manner that a laugh emote would be used while texting buddies on some other sites.
Whether or not you are familiar with the LUL definition, you will most certainly see it used on Twitch to communicate not just “lame uncomfortable laugh” but also “laughing out loud” or “rolling on the floor laughing.” Lul means “laughing.”
Origin of the LUL Emote
John “TotalBuscuit” Bain first posted the LUL emoticon in 2014. The emoticon was dubbed “Cynicallaugh” on his channel.
Soon after its introduction, the photographer, Jonathan Tayag, requested that it be withdrawn off the site since he had not granted authorization for its usage. Twitch agreed.
Tayag provided the photo after a little back-and-forth, with the condition that all users can only use it for free, not as a membership incentive. It is now one of Twitch’s most popular global emotes, with several BTTV variations.
Sadly, John Bain died of cancer on May 24, 2018. He was 33 years old at the time.
How to Use the LUL Twitch Emote
The LUL emote is one of the official Twitch global emoticons; thus, you may use it without installing other browser add-ons (such as BTTV). Simply write “LUL” inside the Twitch stream chat, and the emoticon will appear as soon as you hit the send button.
You can also access the emotes boxes by selecting the emote symbol in the chat’s “send a message” box. Scroll to the bottom to the global emotes, then put the LUL once you find it.
While the most popular meaning of the LUL emotes is “lame uncomfortable laugh,” it is also commonly used as a substitute for typing lol (or “laughing out loud”). This slang term’s acronym explanation isn’t its sole use, and after you see it employed in phrase examples on the site, you’ll be able to use it appropriately.
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