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How do I say 'LOL' in russian?

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The most obvious translation is just "лол".

Also, there are some malformed options: "лал", "лел", "лiл", but they are not common, and I would not give advice to use them

There exist a good analogue - "ржунимагу" (I can't stop laughing)

You can find other analogues there: https://lurkmore.to/LOL

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    @DK I can't remember when I've seen 'ржунимагу' last time) – Schullz May 12 '16 at 8:14
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    There is a less expressive "гыгыгы" and "ггг", and ported from korean "кекеке" (usually when someone was pwned) – Askar Kalykov May 12 '16 at 11:02
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    While all answers are correct I must say that all of them are basically not used anymore. I am active user of Russian-language internet and I probably haven't seen "ржунимагу", "пацталом" and others for more than 5 years, these are pretty much dead expression and you can sound awkward if you start using them in daily speech(chatting) in 2016. Just use "лол" or regular "ахахаха"(which is simply "ahahaha") – ScienceSamovar May 16 '16 at 3:43
  • You forgot about лулзы :) And you can say ржунимагу in your daily life, no problem :) – sr9yar Aug 16 '18 at 8:10
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• The most adequate Russian analog of 'LOL' is ржунимагý which is the phonetic spelling of ржу, не могу, '[I'm] nickering (literary 'neighing'), cannot [stop]'.

• Another one is пацталóм (= под столом), '[laughing having fallen] under the table'.

• One more variant is бгг! which is a contracted way of writing бу-га-гá!, onomatopoeia that imitates laughing out loud.

Here is an article about 'LOL' on Lurkmore, a Russian Internet memes wiki.

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you can say anything with word ржу (ржать, ржачный, угараю, угарать, угар, угарный), adding necessary definitions on a thing you are laughing about.

"Вот это угар" - this is for real (LOL)

"Угараю (не могу)" - cracking, can't help myself

"Оборжаться" - yeah, LOL

"Ржачный прикол" ~ that's awesome (gag, prank), this (gag, prank is) awesome

and some other, you can catch them in chat

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