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What does for grins mean in the following?

If the web service says the values are valid, the underlying fields are updated. If it says the values are invalid, it sets up error messages for the fields. For grins, on an invalid return, it also validates the level number itself.

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"For grins" is typically used as another way of saying "for amusement purposes".

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This is very informal usage, BTW. –  wfaulk Aug 15 '11 at 14:59
    
I've also seen "for kicks and grins" or "for kicks and giggles." –  mkennedy Aug 15 '11 at 15:12
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There is also "for giggles and sh*ts", and in internet-speak, there is "for LOLs"/"for LOLZ"/"For the lulz" (and other variants). –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Aug 15 '11 at 15:55
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@Frustrated: “shits and giggles” is much more common than “giggles and shits”, I think. Google Ngrams confirms this, and also suggests that it’s a much more recent coinage than I would have expected. –  PLL Aug 15 '11 at 21:53
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@PLL: I agree, the usual order is 'shits and giggles'. I've also heard it as "gits and shiggles". :) –  Marthaª Aug 15 '11 at 21:59

A more common English expression is "for fun." Not for a serious purpose.

Also, "for laughs," or "for kicks."

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