A Guardian writer seems to have got this completely wrong in reporting responses to Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globe hosting:
‘“Ricky Gervais makes a joke calling Mel Gibson a drunk, and seriously is killing the crowd.” It followed up later on with another post, “Ricky Gervais is seriously causing a record number of LOLz tonight.” Lolz is internet speak for yuks.
Despite the split verdict...’
Yuk is taken to mean icky or lousy here, I think, but a Grauniad reader posting a response suggests:
I think ‘yuks’ are the way they used to laugh in the Archie comics, as in “Yuk yuk yuk!”
I have never read these but definitely remember seeing “Yok yok yok” for American laughter somewhere, and:
1 /yʌk/ ,noun, verb, yukked, yuk⋅king. Slang.
1. a loud, hearty laugh.
2. a joke evoking such a laugh.
–verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
3. to laugh or joke: The audience really yukked it up at the movie.
Also, yuck, yock, yok, yak.
Based on the Random House Dictionary
Yak for meaningless and protracted chatter is bi-pondal. Cognac is also called yak by rappers which I hope catches on more widely though nyak would be better.
I would have thought LOLz was plural of LOL but another reader posts this wiktionary link:
1. (Internet slang) Variant of LOL with the Z serving only to make the acronym look like a plural noun, or, more commonly, sarcastically used; serving as a mockery of those who use the “z” to pluralize other nouns, as opposed to the “s.” The mockery of such people is often not done in any kind of specific context, but usually as a way to lighten up a conversation.
It seems I have answered my own question but any comments welcome.