[duhb-uh l-yoo ahr oh el]
Examples of WROL
Where does WROL come from?
Before WROL became part of prepper lingo, it was best known as a radio call sign, the official identifier of a radio or TV station. Originally, WROL was the call sign for a Knoxville, Tennessee-area radio station that played country music. Later, the call sign was assigned to a Boston, Massachusetts-area radio station that specializes in Christian programming and Irish music.
But for those of us not living in Massachusetts, WROL means something very different to most people–specifically to doomsday preppers (survivalists). Preppers are people who believe they need to prepare for the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI, in prepper parlance), whether because of natural disaster, the Rapture, or some other kind of cataclysmic event.
To this group of people, WROL means Without Rule of Law—an expression referring to what will happen when the government is rendered totally useless (think The Purge) and anarchy reigns.
Classic SHTF and WROL full-blown anarchy scenarios, where a ¨2nd ammendment¨ would have, right about now, been a very good idea to have in their constitution… https://t.co/ncIKcZrZAH
— Luis R🇺🇸🇻🇪 (@xxT1KExx) July 27, 2018
The expression without rule of law for a state of anarchy has been around since at least 1967, where it was used in political science and governance studies to describe countries where laws were weakly enforced. The phrase rule of law itself dates back to the 16th century.
By at least 2009, without rule of law entered prepper discourse as the acronym WROL. According to preppers, WROL is what will happen when SHTF (shit hits the fan).
Who uses WROL?
The acronym WROL is specific to preppers. Its part of their extensive in-group lingo.
— Kelly🔥Kettle (@TheKellyKettle) February 4, 2019
They swap tips on about how best to prepare for, say, a WROL situation. They also claim that some real-world events amount to WROL scenarios, like the famine in Venezuela or the Yellow Vest riots in France.
— Vermont Prepper (@VermontPrepper) August 4, 2017
If you’re in the Boston area, WROL may be familiar as the radio call signs. If you’re a big fan of traditional Irish music around Boston, you might want to tune in to 950 AM or 100.3 FM.
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