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Meaning of ELI5

What Does ELI5 Mean? (Using ELI5 Online)

ELI5 (Explain Like I'm 5) means "Please explain this to me using simplistic terms and simple ideas" (i.e., using layman's terms).

ELI5 is similar to KIS (keep it simple) and KISS (keep it simple stupid). It is most often a request from someone who does not possess the same level of expertise as the person explaining.

The number 5 (meaning "5 years old") can be replaced with any number, but 5 is used most often because it carries the connotation of "I understand basic English but I have no experience on this subject".
Summary of Key Points

Definition for ELI5

ELI5 means "Explain Like I'm 5 (can be any number)". This is the most common definition for ELI5 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about ELI5:

ELI5
Definition:Explain Like I'm 5 (can be any number)
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write ELI5, I mean this:

meaning of ELI5
The image shows an adult explaining something in simplistic terms.

An Academic Look at ELI5

ELI5 is used as a standalone imperative sentence (i.e., an order or request). It is not used as a part of speech within a wider sentence.

ELI5 is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ee Ell Aye 5), but as this is harder to say than "Explain Like I'm 5," it is not often spoken using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ELI5 is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have written something like "Please use layman's terms" instead of ELI5.

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Using ELI5 on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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Popular Themes on Cyber Definitions

See Also...
KIS (keep it simple) KISS (keep it simple, stupid) HTE (hard to explain) P2C2E (process too complicated to explain) IDU (I don't understand) GROK (fully understand)