What Does IKWYL Mean in a Text?

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Finding love has been an online activity for decades, and it has generated a huge glossary of dating terms. Worryingly, sexual predators have also taken to the internet to find their victims. If you are a parent, it is worth learning some of the jargon used by both lovers and groomers so you can make an informed judgement on which you are dealing with. Here is the term you're looking for:

IKWYL means "I Know Where You Live."

More Observations...

The abbreviation IKWYL can be used as a simple confirmation that the sender knows the address of the recipient. However, it is often used as a threat of violence and implies that the sender knows where to find the recipient and could attack them there. The 1995 American film "Tommy Boy" featured the line: "I know where you live and I've seen where you sleep. I swear to everything holy that your mothers will cry when they see what I've done to you."

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When I write IKWYL, I mean this:

meaning of IKWYL

IKWYL is often a menacing statement.

Summary of Key Points

"I Know Where You Live" is, by far, the most common meaning for IKWYL when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:I Know Where You Live
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IKWYL in Sentences

Here are examples of IKWYL in conversations:
  • Alex: I haven't got your money.
  • Daniel: You'd better be joking. Don't forget IKWYL.
  • Anna: Can you pick up the sofa tonight?
  • Karen: No problems. IKWYL. I'll be there at 7pm.

An Academic Look at IKWYL

IKWYL is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Kay Dblyoo Why El"). However, it not spoken using its letters. IKWYL is an abbreviated sentence, usually delivered with menace.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I Know Where You Live" instead of using the abbreviation IKWYL.

Example of IKWYL Used in a Text

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