What Does AYEC Mean in a Text?

AYEC means "At Your Earliest Convenience." The abbreviation AYEC is unusual because it has two meanings that are opposites. Sometimes, AYEC means the same as AYC (At Your Convenience) (i.e., "whenever it suits you" or "whenever you have time"), but it can also be a polite way of saying "as soon as possible" or "as soon as you can." For example:
  • Please photocopy these papers AYEC.
  • (This could mean "whenever you've got a minute.")
  • Please photocopy these papers AYEC.
  • (This could mean "as soon as possible.")
Of note, AYEC can also carry a sarcastic connotation with a meaning similar to "No, really, don't you worry about being late."

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meaning of AYEC

AYEC can mean "there's no rush" or "hurry." Let context guide you!

Summary of Key Points

"At Your Earliest Convenience" is the most common definition for AYEC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:At Your Earliest Convenience
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of AYEC in Sentences

Here are examples of AYEC being used in conversations:
  • Boss: Do you have those figures?
  • Kath: Sorry, boss. I should have them by tomorrow.
  • Boss: Please see me in my office AYEC.
  • Rob: Ask the guys to hang on. I'll be there in 15 minutes.
  • Tom: Of course, my lord. AYEC.

An Academic Look at AYEC

AYEC is an adverb of time.

Of note, AYEC is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eh Why Ee See), but as this is harder to say than "At Your Earliest Convenience," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation AYEC is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. 

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "At Your Earliest Convenience" instead of AYEC.

Example of AYEC Used in a Text

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