For example, look at this statement I found on an internet conversation:
"Memes are the opener now I guess lmao but that seems pretty good to me."
where the statement makes perfect sense without the "lmao".
Now, I am not a linguist but I have seen such seemingly arbitrary uses of "lol" and "lmao" in the middle of sentences and it makes me curious does it serve a psychological or linguistic purpose and does it have a technical term associated to it?
(To me it sounds as if it has been used to introduce a tone of self-deprecation or uncertainty although the use of "I guess" does not seem to exactly replicate the expression.)
Also, before these terms came into common use were there any other words in the English language that served a similar purpose? Or is it something you find only in internet communications?