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What Does 381 Mean?

381 can refer to the "381 Movement (Activist Group)," but more generally means "I Love You."

381 Movement

In June 2020, an activist group calling itself the "381 Movement" emerged in Richmond (Virginia), during the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, who was killed on 25 May 2020, by Minneapolis (Minnesota) police officer Derek Chauvin.

Organizers of the "381 Movement" stated that it was inspired by the 381-day-long Montgomery (Alabama) bus boycotts of the 1950s, and they would be protesting for 381 days. They explained, "... the 381 Movement aims to promote change and equality for the people of the world."

381 movement, #381movement
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Video Summarizing "381 Movement"

Here is a short video summarizing the rise of the 381 Movement:

I Love You

The number 183 is a cyber term, widely used with the meaning "I Love You." The figure 3 represents the number of words in "I Love You," the 8 represents the total number of letters, and the 1 tells us that the term has one meaning. Other versions of this include:

143 = I love you (the number of letters in each word)
721 = Love you (7 letters, 2 words, 1 meaning)
831 = I love you (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)

381 is shorthand typically used in texts or instant messaging. It allows the speaker to say "I love you" without suffering the embarrassment felt by some (particularly men) when saying those words.

Video Summarizing 381 as "I Love You"

Here's a short video explaining how to use 381 when used with the meaning "I Love You":

Summary of Key Points

First definition of 381

"381 Movement (Activist Group)" is a common definition for 381.
381
Definition:381 Movement (Activist Group)
Type:Cyber Term
Guessability:
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second definition of 381

"I Love You (3 words, 8 letters, 1 meaning)" is the most common definition for 381 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
381
Definition:I Love You (3 words, 8 letters, 1 meaning)
Type:Cyber Term
Guessability:
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write 381, I mean this:

meaning of 381
381 can also refer to the activist group the "381 Movement."

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Examples of 381 in Sentences

Here is an example of 381 being used in a (shouted!) conversation:
  • Protestors: 381! 381! 381!
  • Police officers: We love you too!

An Academic Look at 381

When used with the meaning "I Love You," 381 is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I love you" instead of using the cyber term 381.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of 381 Used in a Text

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See Also

BLM (Black Lives Matter) //(I love you) <2 (not in love yet) <3 (love) <333 (lots of love) <3U (love you) 1234 (1 thing 2 say 3 words 4 you (I love you)) 143 (I love you (the number of letters in each word)) 721 (love you (7 letters, 2 words, 1 meaning)) 831 (I love you (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)) ILU (I love you) ILU2 (I love you too) ILY (I love you) K3U (I love you)