What Does ILY2 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: ILY2 means "I Love You Too."

More Observations...

ILY2 (which you will also see written as ILU2 or LU2 ) is a common response to someone saying "I love you" using one of the following terms: (Here is a list of other ways of saying "I love you.")

ILY2 normally appears at the very end of a conversation between partners or family members. It is typically used as a sign-off (much like CYL (see you later) is used between friends or colleagues).

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When I write ILY2, I mean this:

meaning of ILY2

ILY2 is also commonly written as ILU2 or LU2.

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You Too" is, by far, the most common meaning for ILY2 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 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILY2 in Sentences

Here are examples of ILY2 in conversations:
  • Tony: I'll see you next week. ILU.
  • Jordan: Okay, ILY2
  • Tony: I<3U more each day.
  • Jordan: ILY2

An Academic Look at ILY2

ILY2 is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). Of interest, ILY2 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 ILY2.

Example of ILY2 Used in a Text

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