What Does TLTR Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

TLTR means "Too Long To Read."

More Observations...

The abbreviation TLTR is used with the meaning "Too Long To Read" as a succinct, pointed (and, perhaps, rude) response to a post or message that the recipient considers too long and has, therefore, not read. TLTR is often used in argumentative comments "below the line" on online news sites. It is also commonly seen on internet forums where users are seeking (free) help to resolve technical problems. More rarely, TLTR may be used by a manager or supervisor when commenting on a piece of work or a report submitted by a subordinate, or by someone asked to review a piece of work by a friend. TLTR means exactly the same as the abbreviations TLDNR (Too Long Did Not Read) and TLDR (Too Long Didn't Read).

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When I write TLTR, I mean this:

meaning of TLTR

TLTR: Keep it brief!

Summary of Key Points

"Too Long To Read" is, by far, the most common meaning for TLTR when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Too Long To Read
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TLTR in Sentences

Here are examples of TLTR in conversations:
  • Mike: There's a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency that says they're in full compliance.
  • John: TLTR!
  • Jessie: He posts some really funny stuff!
  • Tyler: Maybe. But they're always TLTR.

An Academic Look at TLTR

"Too Long To Read" is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). However, it can also be used as another part of speech within a wider sentence. As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e.,"Tee Ell Tee Arr"), TLTR 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 just said "Too Long To Read" instead of using the abbreviation TLTR.

Example of TLTR Used in a Text

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