What Does JLUK Mean in a Text?

JLUK (Just Letting You Know) is often used to absolve the sender of any responsibility for the message it accompanies. In other words, it is used as a caveat by the sender to recognize a possible intrusion into the receiver's affairs. It can be interpreted as "I know this has nothing to do with me, but I thought you should know." It can also be used when the intrusion is very mild. In this case, it translates better as "I expect you probably know this already, but I thought I'd mention it."

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When I write JLUK, I mean this:

meaning of JLUK

The first image shows somebody discreetly passing on information. The second image shows somebody passing on information while absolving himself of any responsibility for it. These are the two most common contexts for JLUK.

Summary of Key Points

"Just Letting You Know" is the most common definition for JLUK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Just Letting You Know
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of JLUK in Sentences

Here is an example of JLUK being used in a sentence:
  • Tony: Jackie is not going to the quiz tonight JLUK.
  • Jordan: Okay, thanks.

An Academic Look at JLUK

JLUK is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Jay Ell Yoo Kay), but as this is harder to say than "Just letting you know," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation JLUK is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. (Of note, initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have written something like "Please excuse my intrusion, but you might be interested to know thatů" instead of JLUK.

Example of JLUK Used in a Text


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