[Ads-l] Yolo as a Verb?

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 25 18:27:56 UTC 2020

See "Among the New Words" in _American Speech_ 88(2) (Summer 2013), p. 213,
where we document "YOLO" as an intransitive verb from Sep. 2006 (and the
verbal noun "YOLOing" from shortly thereafter):


See also my Aug. 2012 Boston Globe column for the verb/verbal noun:

"The word has also found favor as a verb, as in this Yelp review of a
Jersey City pizzeria: 'All the times I come home after a night of YOLO-ing,
I crave a delish slice to soak up the booze and sober me up.'"


On Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 11:04 AM ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> > I saw an ad on the subway yesterday that asked "Will I make enough money
> to
> > save and 'YOLO' at the same time?"
> Year: 2015
> Book Title: Present!: The Secret to Being in the Here and the Now
> Author: Grace D. Chong
> Publisher: OMF Literature Inc., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines
> Chapter 8: YOLO vs. YODO
> Database: Google Books Preview
> [Begin excerpt]
> "YOLO-ing, that was what Andy had been doing inside my classroom," Sir
> Borj said . "He didn’t anticipate nor was he concerned about the
> result of this behavior."
> Amidst globalization, YOLO is a new slang craze among the young. In
> fact, it's not just any kind of slang; it has shaped an attitude
> toward life. YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.
> [End excerpt]
> The author states that YOLO is a noun and a verb.

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