What Does ILYLT Mean in a Text?

ILYLT means "I Love You Long Time."

The abbreviation ILYLT is typically used with the meaning "I Love You Long Time" to add humor to a request for a favor.

ILYLT is a partial misquote of the sentence "Me Love You Long Time," which was used as an offer of sex by a prostitute in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket (see below).

"Me Love You Long Time" is also often misquoted as LYLT "Love You Long Time".

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When I write ILYLT, I mean this:

meaning of ILYLT

ILYLT is a misquote of a line from the film Full Metal Jacket.

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You Long Time" is the most common definition for ILYLT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Love You Long Time
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user


The classic scene from Full Metal Jacket.

Examples of ILYLT in Sentences

Here are examples of ILYLT being used in conversations:
  • Andrew: Will you cover for me at work this weekend?
  • Cathy: What?! You want ILYLT too?!
  • Nick: Can you lend me $25 until the end of the month? ILYLT.
  • Dave: No problem, but I'd rather just be friends.

An Academic Look at ILYLT

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Ell Why Ell Tee"), ILYLT is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I Love You Long Time" instead of using the abbreviation ILYLT.

Example of ILYLT Used in a Text

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