I wasn’t witness to this one, but Anna saw some teenage girls at Kinokuniya in Manhattan who were those types of people who say chatspeak words out loud. When I think about it, there are entire generations of people out there who grew up with chatspeak just being completely pervasive. To them, they aren’t silly short hand for things that people on the internet needed a way to translate to text. So to them I guess they can be things that you say out loud.

Still though, the words that come between asterisks are supposed to be verbs indicating an action you’re taking, should they really be said out loud? I still will rather write out “hahaha” while online instead of using “LOL” which I’ll only use when I know that the person on the other side is using a chat client that will translate it into an emoticon.