“I’m about to spend my baby’s diaper money on this Indian Remy. YOLO!”
” I had a one night stand last night and didn’t use protection. YOLO!”
“I’m about to drink this bleach, though. YOLO!”
Although Drake may not be the originator of this silly acronym, he is certainly responsible for its popularity as well as assisting in making it the most annoying and overused word for the year 2012. For those who may be in the dark, YOLO stands for the saying “You Only Live Once”, which according to Knowyourmeme.com was ushered into pop culture by Adam Mesh during season 3 of the NBC reality show “Average Joe”. Mesh is even said to have launched a clothing line named after the acronym in 2004. I suppose Drake just picked up where Adam left off because since he tweeted the phrase and released club banger, “The Motto,” in which he repeatedly chants the phrase, it has been every moron’s excuse to do something foolish and outlandish. Google Insights graphs reveal that searches for the term have significantly increased since the release of the song. It has also given countless youth and young adults a reason to use poor judgement, including actor Zac Efron who affectionately got the acronym tattooed across his hand.
Of course, giving folks a reason to live recklessly doesn’t come without tragedy. Among the most tragic YOLO-related occurrences was when aspiring rapper Ervin McKinness tweeted “Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F**kIt YOLO”. Minutes later he died in an explosive one-car collision. Although this occurrence is on the extreme side, it just goes to show how far things have gone in relation to its use.
According to the Huffington Post, YOLO has officially been “short-listed” by the Oxford American Dictionary as the 2012 English Word of the Year.
I’m not sure when using improper judgement and putting yourself in danger became the thing to do. One can only hope that with 2012 coming to a close we can lay this silly phrase to rest once and for all.
What do you think? Do people give “YOLO” too much credit?