A term used to justify ridiculous, pointless and occasionally gratuitous behaviour.
This can be the end of it; doing something innocuous or mildly annoying to get a rise from someone. However, it can also be a dog whistle for worse behaviors.
Saying you’ve “done it for the lulz” can communicate two things to two different groups:
- To those outside your group: I was kidding! Can’t you take a joke? It’s not serious. Etc.
- To those in your group: I’m serious. It’s hilarious that anyone would think I was kidding.