There is a kind of post that appears more and more frequently. It's annoying at best. When it appears in a forum like this, by writers who should know better, it's particularly grating. In Tolkien's fantasy novels, there is a wretched creature known as Gollum, because of the odd gulping noise that punctuates his speech. We have an updated version on the Internet, the Lollum, so named because he or drops an odd LOL noise at frequent intervals and inappropriately placed. It seems to be an unconscious tic, or a misguided attempt to appear lighthearted and likeable. As I mentioned, this is a forum for writers. Netspeak is discouraged. Practice expressing yourself with actual words, and spell out words such as "you" and "your". Register to remove this ad Don't be a Lollum.