What Does IIL Mean in a Text?

Expressing Love in a Text

There are over 100 novel ways to express love in a text message. Some of them were invented by the iKids (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, and Generation A), making them just a few decades old, but many of them have been around for centuries. Here's the one that matters to you: IIL means "I'm In Love."

More Observations...

The abbreviation IIL refers to a broad range of feelings from appreciation, to lust and deep emotional attachment. While IIL can express intense emotion, it is often used jokingly. For example, you could say you're "in love" with the vending machine when it delivers a perfect cup of coffee, but this represents a very different emotion to being "in love" with another person. It is possible to love many things or people, but to be "in love" with someone suggests exclusivity and a more intense emotion (e.g., you "love" all your friends, but you're "in love" with your partner). According to U.S. music chart site "Billboard," the word "love" was most frequently used in songs released in the 1980s. This compares to the 1970s, when "woman" was the most popular word, and the 1960s, when "baby" was top of the list.

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When I write IIL, I mean this:

meaning of IIL

IIL really can mean "I'm In Love."

Summary of Key Points

"I'm In Love" is, by far, the most common meaning for IIL when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:I'm In Love
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IIL in Sentences

Here are examples of IIL in conversations:
  • Simon: Why are you behaving so strangely today?
  • Carl: I looked at my girlfriend this morning and realised IIL.
  • Chris: That new Deli in town does amazing sandwiches.
  • Leah: I've been there and they're fantiastc. IIL.

An Academic Look at IIL

IIL is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Eye Ell). However, it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IIL is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "I'm In Love" or something like "I'm In Lust" instead of using IIL.

Example of IIL Used in a Text

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