What Does SUL Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

SUL means "See You Later."

More Observations...

The abbreviation SUL is an informal way of saying "goodbye." SUL should not always be taken literally. (In other words, it should not be taken as a commitment of seeing the other person later.) SUL is often just a friendly way of bringing a conversation to an end. Below are some other common ways of saying SUL:

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When I write SUL, I mean this:

meaning of SUL

SUL is a way of saying "Goodbye."

Summary of Key Points

"See You Later" is, by far, the most common meaning for SUL when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:See You Later
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of SUL in Sentences

Here are examples of SUL in conversations:
  • Henry: If you play your cards right, you could have my body.
  • Alison: Wouldn't you rather leave it to science? SUL loser.
  • Lily: It's been great chatting, but I've got to go back to work.
  • Rich: Okay,SUL, give me a ring sometime.

An Academic Look at SUL

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ess Yuu Ell"), SUL is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words. Grammatically, SUL is used as a declarative sentence with the meaning "I will see you later." In other words, it is not used as part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "goodbye" instead of SUL.

Example of SUL Used in a Text

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