What Does TLDNR Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

TLDNR means "Too Long; Did Not Read."

More Observations...

The abbreviation TLDNR is used with the meaning "Too Long; Did Not Read" as a succinct, pointed and (perhaps) rude response to a post or message that the recipient considers too long and has, therefore, not read. TLDNR is often used on internet forums where users are seeking (free) help to resolve technical problems. It is also commonly seen in argumentative comments "below the line" on online news sites. More rarely, TLDNR may be used by a manager or supervisor when commenting on a piece of work or a report submitted by a subordinate. TLDNR means exactly the same as the abbreviations TLDR (Too Long Didn't Read) and TLTR (Too Long To Read).

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When I write TLDNR, I mean this:

meaning of TLDNR

TLDNR: Be brief; Be read.

Summary of Key Points

"Too Long; Did Not Read" is, by far, the most common meaning for TLDNR when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Too Long; Did Not Read
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TLDNR in Sentences

Here are examples of TLDNR in conversations:
  • Kerry: What did you think of my dissertation?
  • Pat: TLDNR.
  • Kerry: What?! It has to be at least 12,000 words!
  • Saul: What did you think of my limerick?
  • Jo: TLDNR.
  • Saul: It's five lines!

An Academic Look at TLDNR

"Too Long; Did Not Read" is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). However, it can also be used as another part of speech within a wider sentence. As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Tee Ell Dee En Ar"), TLDNR 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 "Too Long; Did Not Read" instead of using the abbreviation TLDNR.

Example of TLDNR Used in a Text

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