What Does LULAB 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: LULAB means "Love You Like A Brother."

More Observations...

The abbreviation LULAB can be considered a huge compliment between two male friends or a diplomatic way for a girl to make it clear that she has no interest in a romantic relationship with one of her male friends. In the latter context, it is sometimes used as a response to the abbreviation ILY. Love You Like A Brother is also often abbreviated as LYLAB, in addition to LULAB.

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When I write LULAB, I mean this:

meaning of LULAB

"Love You Like A Brother"

Summary of Key Points

"Love You Like a Brother" is, by far, the most common meaning for LULAB 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 Like a Brother
Type:Acronym and Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LULAB in Sentences

Here are examples of LULAB in conversations:
  • Tom: Thanks for being there for me man. I needed you at my back.
  • Jerry: No probs dude. You know I LULAB.
  • Steve: You are a very special lady Tracey. I think I'm falling in love with you.
  • Tracey: You are special to me too Steve. I really LULAB.

An Academic Look at LULAB

LULAB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ell Yoo Ell Eh Bee), but as this is harder to say than "Love You Like A Brother," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation LULAB is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. The abbreviation LULAB is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "Love You Like A Brother." LULAB 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 would have just said "I Love You Like A Brother" instead of using the abbreviation LULAB.

Example of LULAB Used in a Text

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