What Does ILYG 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: ILYG means "I Love You Guys" and "I Love You Girls."

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The abbreviation ILYG is commonly used between a group of friends to express an inclusive affection that binds the group together. It is typically used as an expression of gratitude in response to a favor or an act of kindness. ILYG can be used with the meaning "I Love You Guys" to refer to a group of men and women. It can also be used with the meaning "I Love You Girls" if the group is all female.

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When I write ILYG, I mean this:

meaning of ILYG

ILYG is a term of endearment.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for ILYG

ILYG means "I Love You Guys." This is the most common definition for ILYG in texting and on messaging apps like Instagram and TikTok.
Definition:I Love You Guys
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for ILYG

ILYG also means "I Love You Girls":
Definition:I Love You Girls
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILYG in Sentences

Here are examples of ILYG in conversations:
  • Colin: Hope you're feeling better. We all miss you.
  • Sean: Thanks. ILYG.
  • Everyone: We're taking you out for a birthday treat.
  • Birthday Boy: Aww, ILYG.

An Academic Look at ILYG

The abbreviation ILYG typically used as a declarative sentence with the meaning "I Love You Guys" or "I Love You Girls." A declarative sentence usually acts as a standalone statement and is not normally used as apart of a wider sentence. ILYG is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Ell Why Gee). However, it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ILYG 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 Guys" or "I Love You Girls" instead of using ILYG.

Example of ILYG Used in a Text

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