"YOLO" Added To Oxford English Dictionary


(AllHipHop News) “Now she want a photo. You already know though. You only live once ‒ that’s the motto n***a YOLO,” raps Drake on the Take Care single “The Motto.” The acronym, which became commonly used in Twitter hashtags and online memes, has now been added to the online Oxford Dictionary.

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The Oxford Dictionaries defines YOLO:

You only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future, and often used as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior)

Other abbreviated phrases like ICYMI (in case you missed it), FML (f**k my life), and SMH (shaking my head) joined YOLO in the 2014 edition of Oxford. Additional new words include amazeballs, sideboob, binge-watch, and hate-watch.

While some news outlets are crediting Drake for popularizing the word, it should be noted that Rick Ross also used YOLO on the track “Lord Knows” which appeared on Take Care as well.

During the song’s interlude Ross says, “You know I love this. YOLO – you only live once. I’m going so hard my n***a. I swear homie. Everyday is another opportunity to reach that goal.”

Last year’s Oxford Dictionaries Online saw the inclusion of twerking, selfie, digital detox, and badassery.

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Watch the video for “The Motto” below.