What Does TLDR Mean?TLDR (Too Long Didn't Read) is typically sent in response to someone sending a lengthy article or asking for an opinion on a lengthy article.
It is often said that the length of a document is directly proportional to how quickly it's read. This has always been the case, but – particularly since the rise of the internet – people are no longer willing to read through lengthy texts. People expect to find the information they need instantly or to be entertained instantly. In other words, lengthy business articles and wordy jokes are far more likely to be ignored than summaries and cartoon-style jokes.
Summary of Key Points"Too Long; Didn't Read" is the most common definition for TLDR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
|Definition:||Too Long; Didn't Read|
2: Quite easy to guess
Adults and Teenagers
Image for TLDRWhen I write TLDR, I mean this:
This image shows a girl looking a lengthy article that she has no intention of reading.
Examples of TLDR in SentencesHere are some examples of TLDR being used in sentences:
- Person A: Did you laugh at that story I sent yesterday?
- Jordan: Sorry, TLDR.
- Person A: Do you have any comments on the draft before we submit it?
- Jordan: TLDR. I suppose that's a comment.
An Academic Look at TLDRTLDR is a shortened version of "It was too long; I did not read it."
TLDR represents two independent clauses separated by a semicolon (as opposed to a period / full stop) to show they are closely related. On occasion, the semicolon is included in the abbreviation. For example:
- Person A: Well, I didn't expect that ending!
- Jordan: TL;DR.
Example of TLDR Used in a Text
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