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Urban Dictionary: YOLO

April 9, 2012 by staff 

Urban Dictionary: YOLO, Not too familiar with some of the terms on Reddit? Want to know what TL;DR means? AMA? TIL? YOLO? Check out this glossary.

Some of us may have all the newest lingo down. Addicted to Reddit, they’ve got the whole web in our hands. But others among us have less familiarity with some of the terms and abbreviations that pepper the site.

This glossary will help you navigate Reddit terms that you may encounter as you surf, though it will likely be out of date again itself within a week or two. Rather than running to Google or Urban Dictionary each time you see something you don’t comprehend, you can just refer to this run-down for a quick explanation.

And if there are terms, abbreviations or other constructs that we haven’t included here (we know there are) or that come up in the future (there will be), please let us know in the comments.

An acronym for ‘you only live once’

This motto is similar to the mottoes ‘you’ve only got once chance to live’ or ‘enjoy it while you can’. People often use these phrases to persuade their friends to take risks or do something they normally wouldn’t do

The phrase has been a motto for people for a long time, but the shortened version, YOLO, has gained popularity since the release of the song “The Motto” by Drake and Tyga.

They reference the term in their rap, saying,

“you only live once, that’s the motto, ni**a YOLO.”

In many cases, though, the term has been blown out of proportion and teenagers over use it by hash-tagging it in pictures and wall posts on Facebook because it’s become trendy.
Austen: Billy, I know it’s a Sunday and we have school tomorrow but we should just go out and skip studying for finals.

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