What Does L8R G8R Mean?

L8R G8R means "Later 'gator," which is short for "See you later, alligator."

The rhyming phrase "See you later, alligator" was made popular in the 1950s when rock-and-roll band Bill Haley and The Comets had a hit with a song of the same name.

It is believed that the phrase first appeared in print on February 16th 1954, when US newspaper the Reno Evening Gazette included "See you later, alligator" in its "Words, Wit and Wisdom" column, which chronicled the rise of "teen speak" for the older generation in the US.

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When I write L8R G8R, I mean this: meaning of L8R G8R L8R G8R means "see you later, alligator"

Summary of Key Points

"Later Gator" is the most common definition for L8R G8R on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Later Gator
Type:Cyber Term
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of L8R G8R in Sentences

Here is an example of L8R G8R being used in a conversation:
  • Bret: Iíve got to go now, otherwise Iíll be late for work.
  • Kayleigh: Okay. See you L8R G8R.

An Academic Look at L8R G8R

L8R G8R is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used to substitute letters. Many cyber terms were created to reduce the number of key strokes required to write words, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices this efficiency is less important.

Cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations of words.

L8R G8R is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence. For example:
  • See you L8R G8R.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have said something like "see you later" or "see you anon" instead of L8RG8R.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of L8R G8R Used in a Text


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