What Does LU 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: LU means "Love You."

More Observations...

It is typically used for brevity by people in a well established relationship who regularly say "I Love You." Of note, LU is one of the shortest ways of expressing love for someone and has become widely used in instant messaging or texting to save time. Be aware that LU can be used more informally to convey affection, rather than actual love. It should not be used to tell someone you love them for the first time (or during the early stages of a relationship) because it may not come across as heartfelt.

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When I write LU, I mean this:

meaning of LU

LU is one of the shortest ways of saying "I Love You."

Summary of Key Points

"Love You" is, by far, the most common meaning for LU when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Love You
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LU in Sentences

Here are examples of LU in conversations:
  • Tony: I will meet you at 7pm at the cinema. LU.
  • Jordan: Ok. I can't wait. LU2.
  • Tony: LU.
  • Jordan: What does that mean?
  • Tony: I love you.
  • Jordan: Well, that is more like it! Say it like you mean it!

An Academic Look at LU

LU is a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) meaning "I love you." Of note, LU is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ell Yu), but as this is harder to say than "I love you," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation LU 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" instead of LU.

Example of LU Used in a Text

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