What Does ILU2 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: ILU2 means "I Love You Too."

More Observations...

ILU2 (sometimes written ILY2 or LU2 ) is typically a response to one of the following ways of saying "I love you": (Here is a list of other ways of saying "I love you.")

ILU2 usually features at the end of a conversation between family members or between partners as a sign-off. It is similar to CUL, which is typically used between friends or between colleagues.

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When I write ILU2, I mean this:

meaning of ILU2

ILU2 (I Love You Too) is mostly seen at the end of a conversation between partners or between family members.

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You Too" is, by far, the most common meaning for ILU2 when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:I Love You Too
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILU2 in Sentences

Here are examples of ILU2 in conversations:
  • Tony: I'll see you after work. ILU
  • Jordan: ILU2
  • Tony: Thank you for the flowers I<3U
  • Jordan: You're welcome, darling. ILU2

An Academic Look at ILU2

ILU2 is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, it is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence. Of note, ILU2 is classified by our team as an "internet slang term" as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "Slang 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 too" or DITTO instead of ILU2.

Example of ILU2 Used in a Text

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