What Does LYMI 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: LYMI means "Love You, Mean It."

More Observations...

The abbreviation LYMI is commonly seen as a flip, insincere way of signing off a conversation. Although it is a shortened form of the sentence "I love you and I mean it," which could be construed as heartfelt, it is generally taken to indicate a less sincere sentiment. Of note:
  • "Love You, Mean It" can also be abbreviated as LUMI.
  • To avoid confusion when expressing true love, it is probably best to use an abbreviation such as ILU (I Love You), rather than LYMI.

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When I write LYMI, I mean this:

meaning of LYMI

LYMI doesn't always mean that you mean it.

Summary of Key Points

"Love You, Mean It" is, by far, the most common meaning for LYMI 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, Mean It
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LYMI in Sentences

Here are examples of LYMI in conversations:
  • Shona: Are you still angry with me?
  • Sammy: No, see you later. LYMI.
  • Gill: I've posted the parcel for you.
  • Wendy: Thanks so much for doing that. LYMI.

An Academic Look at LYMI

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "El Why Em Eye"), LYMI is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Lots of love" or "Love you, bye" instead of using LYMI.

Example of LYMI Used in a Text

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