What Does ILUM 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: ILUM means "I Love You More."

More Observations...

The abbreviation ILUM is normally used as a response to the abbreviation ILY, especially in the US, when saying goodbye. The abbreviation ILUM is typically used between family members as well as between romantic partners. The phrase "I love you more" is often used in song lyrics and is also the title of a best-selling book by Laura Duksta. Of note, ILUM can also be written as ILYM.

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When I write ILUM, I mean this:

meaning of ILUM

"I Love You More"

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You More" is, by far, the most common meaning for ILUM 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 More
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILUM in Sentences

Here are examples of ILUM in conversations:
  • Frank: Bye darling. I love you.
  • Jean: Bye honey. ILUM.
  • Vicky: Thanks dad. Love you.
  • Clive: Take care, sweetheart. ILUM.

An Academic Look at ILUM

ILUM is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Aye Ell Yoo Emm), but as this is harder to say than "I love you more," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ILUM is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I love you more" instead of ILUM.

Example of ILUM Used in a Text

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