Thanks Drake: YOLO Named Most Annoying And Overused Word of 2012

December 11, 2012  |  

Source: WENN

“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 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?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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  • WhoMe

    Ratchet was used way more in 2012

  • Chassie

    I don’t consider YOLO a word. More like punctuation to dumb ish

  • IllyPhilly

    Dude wore a purple leopard fur coat and his boyfriend had on green Uugs for video and that was still gangsta?

  • IllyPhilly

    What kinda hoodbilly rocks did you turn over to find those beginning phrases? Besides Drake just discovered the 1994 saying POLO and revamped it.

  • Tonya

    And their is OLOY – Only Losers Obey Yolo

  • Vic

    “Ratchet” needs to be a runner up.

    • IllyPhilly

      It should be a tied “YOLO and Ya Do It Ratchet” as the tag.

  • Miss_Understood

    I never actually heard anyone say this…now what does deserve honorable mention on this list are “HAM” and the phrase “HAVE A SEAT”

    • kimchase

      Yes mam! Especially that have a seat and have several seats. Like that’s old come with something else. So over those phrases.

  • Cakester

    Someone told me that they almost got hit by a car then said YOLO! No fool, you only die once, you big dummy!

  • ANTMilf

    God, I had to slap the s#!t out of my brother for using that word so damn much and he’s 46 years old! In 2013, the first person who says YOLO will get the s#!t slap out of them too, LBVS!

  • Ambitious12

    it’s not as annoying to me in the song but if people say it for no reason I snap. For example- I balled on that boy YOLO that right there irks me

  • sabrina

    As much as I agree with this article, it just ultimately made me want to listen to the Motto, and I don’t even like that song!

  • Lola

    And the disintegration of civilization continues. SMH

  • pickneychile

    I know someone who actually thought Drake was the originator of this phrase…smh! It’s way overdone now.

    • AnonyChick

      I’ve heard the phrase before, ages before Drake became known. But, I want to say Drake made “YOLO” popular, correct me if I’m wrong, please.

      • pickneychile

        He did make the acronym popular but I realized some young people think the phrase in general comes from him.

    • realadulttalk

      Please tell me that person is not over the age of 15…pretty please!!!

      • pickneychile

        The person is 19 lol

  • I heard a 8th grade kid say “I never look both ways before crossing the street YOLO” I knew I was over it then

  • Nikki

    It’s not Drake’s fault. People overused it to explain why they were doing the crazy ish that they were doing. “The Motto” has a great beat to it and I still listen to it every now and then.

    • Dee

      I wish I could just listen to the music and not have to hear drake or weezy “rap” like they have no b@lls…