What Does YOLO Mean?

YOLO (You Only Live Once) is typically used as a justification for taking a risk (e.g., doing a bungee jump), treating yourself to an extravagance (e.g., buying an expensive holiday), or doing something foolish (e.g., slamming back-to-back jaeger bombs).

YOLO is often referred to as "carpe diem [Latin for 'seize the day'] for stupid people". Both YOLO and carpe diem imply you should enjoy life even if that means overriding common sense.

Summary of Key Points

"You Only Live Once" is the most common definition for YOLO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:You Only Live Once
Type:Acronym and Abbreviation
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write YOLO, I mean this:

meaning of YOLO
Yes, it's true. "You only live once." (It'll probably be for less time than most people, but, you're right, it's still just once.)


Examples of YOLO in Sentences

Here are some examples of YOLO being used in sentences:
  • I'm putting my week's wages on Dobin to win the derby YOLO. (Here, YOLO is justifying a risk.)
  • I'm whacking the credit card and flying first class to Dubai YOLO.
  • (Here, YOLO is justifying an extravagance.)
  • I'm going to jump on the stage when the security guard turns away. YOLO.
  • (Here, YOLO is justifying a foolish act.)

An Academic Look at YOLO

When YOLO is expanded to "You Only Live Once," it is a declarative sentence. However, it is most commonly used like an independent clause meaning "because you only live once," which serves as an adverb of reason.

YOLO is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters (e.g., UDI is pronounced "Yu Dee Aye").

Example of YOLO Used in a Text


See Also

YODO (you only die once) YOLF (you only live forever) LWWY (live while we're young) OLTL (one life to live) TSTL (too stupid to live)