What Does Y/N Mean?

In fanfiction Y/N means "your name." It is also more widely as an abbreviation of the term "yes/no." Here we take a look at each of these definitions and include some examples of use.

Your Name

Y/N is used with the meaning "your name" to indicate points in a fanfiction story where readers are able to insert their own name. In this way, readers are encouraged to make the story feel more personal. Y/N is a subgenre of fanfiction that is particularly popular on apps such as Wattpad and TikTok, especially amongst fans of K-Pop bands such as BTS. For example:
  • After the show, Jungkook invited Y/N to the afterparty. Y/N didn't know what to do. It was Jimin that she really wanted to be with.


Y/N is also used with the meaning "yes/no." In this case, it is typically used as a question which requires a definite answer and which may indicate irritation on the part of the sender. For example:
  • Sam: Will you go out with me, Y/N?
  • Jo: If I do, will you stop pestering me, Y/N?
It can also refer to a "yes/no moment," i.e., the time a (usually very important) decision has to be made. For example:
  • General: Sir, we have reached the Y/N moment. Do you want fries with your burger?
  • President: Super size me!

Video Summarizing Y/N

Here's a short video explaining how to use Y/N:

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When I write Y/N, I mean this:

meaning of Y/N

Y/N indicates points in a story where readers can insert their own name. It also means "yes/no."

First Definition of Y/N

"Your Name" is a common definition for Y/N on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Your Name
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of Y/N

"Yes/No" is another definition for Y/N.
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at Y/N

vector image of a teacher to illustrate an academic look at Y/N

When used to mean "your name," Y/N plays the role of a noun (a naming word). However, when used with the meaning "yes/no," Y/N usually plays the role of an interrogative sentence (a question). However, even when used as a question, it is commonly seen without a question mark (i.e., it can be written "Y/N?" or "Y/N").

Example of Y/N Used in a Text

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