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See also: yolo, Yolo, and Y.O.L.O.


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The phrase "you only live once" dates to the 19th century according to research by Katherine Martin, head of U.S. Dictionaries at Oxford University Press.[1] It saw a steady increase of usage from 1940 to 2000.[1] Ben Zimmer, lexicographer, found the earliest usage from 1993 in a trademark filed for YOLO gear with "you only live once" in small lettering. [1]

YOLO was entered into the Oxford English Dictionary as a word in 2016. [2]




  1. (slang) you only live once, i.e. expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment.
    Making this cake mix eleven years past the expiration date, because YOLO!


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alyssa Bereznak, "An Oral History of YOLO, the Word That Lived Too Long", Vanity Fair, February 5, 2013
  2. ^ "Moobs and YOLO among new words in Oxford English Dictionary", BBC News, September 12, 2016