What Does ILYLAS 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: ILYLAS means "I Love You Like A Sister."

More Observations...

The abbreviation ILYLAS can be considered a huge compliment between two female friends or a diplomatic way for a boy way to make it clear that he has no interest in a romantic relationship with one of his female friends. In the latter context, it is sometimes used as a response to the abbreviation ILY and other such declarations of deep affection. Of note, The abbreviation ILYLAS can also be written as LYLAS and LULAS, both of which mean "Love You Like A Sister."

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When I write ILYLAS, I mean this:

meaning of ILYLAS

"I Love You Like A Sister"

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You Like a Sister" is, by far, the most common meaning for ILYLAS 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 Like a Sister
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILYLAS in Sentences

Here are examples of ILYLAS in conversations:
  • Karen: You are my very best friend. I don't know what I would do without you.
  • Cheryl: You are very special to me too. ILYLAS .
  • Trish: I don't know what I'd do without you. I think I love you.
  • Carl: Thanks Trish. I am very fond of you too. ILYLAS .

An Academic Look at ILYLAS

ILYLAS is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Aye Ell Wye Ell Eh Ess), but as this is harder to say than "I Love You Like A Sister," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ILYLAS is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. The abbreviation ILYLAS is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "I Love You Like A Sister." ILYLAS is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said something like "I Love You Like A Sister" instead of using the abbreviation ILYLAS.

Example of ILYLAS Used in a Text

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