What Does LYR 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: LYR means "Love You Really."

More Observations...

The abbreviation LYR is a humorous way of reassuring someone that you really do care about them, even though your actions may indicate otherwise. The abbreviation LYR usually has very little to do with actual love, but does imply a level of fondness and a close, friendly relationship. The use of the abbreviation LYR in text messaging is usually only appropriate between close friends or family members and very close colleagues.

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When I write LYR, I mean this:

meaning of LYR

"Love You Really"

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LYR in Sentences

Here are examples of LYR in conversations:
  • Dave: Pete! I can't believe you drank all the milk and didn't tell me!
  • Pete: Sorry mate, I forgot. You know I LYR.
  • Dave: Hi Carol, I need you to come in early tomorrow.
  • Carol: OK boss. Sometimes I think that I might as well live in that office.
  • Dave: Sorry to have to ask. You know I LYR.

An Academic Look at LYR

LYR is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ell Why Arr), but as this is harder to say than "Love You Really," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation LYR is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said something like "Love You Really" instead of using the abbreviation LYR.

Example of LYR Used in a Text

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