Recently, YOLO, the word that stormed the facebook pages of teenagers in 2013, has become a part of English dictionary now. 'YOLO' or '#YOLO' was a regular part of Facebook pages, Reddit links, and meme photos as an integral component of youth culture and a viral oddity on the Web for the old for quite some time.
In fact, 'YOLO' is an acronym for "you only live once" and the youth netizens deem it as a modern exclamation of enthusiasm and zest for life - same as the expressed by 'carpe diem’ means 'seize the day'.
Modern teenagers use it to express for their dare, craze, passion, courage and bravery for doing something different to 'enjoy life'. However, the oldies see it as an expression of youth behaviour to justify doing something reckless, odd, inappropriate, unwise, idiotic and embarrassing.
Here is an example of two teenagers using the word "YOLO" in their conversation. One teenager said, "Should I ask my girlfriend out and kiss her?" The other said, "Absolutely! She would love it. YOLO."
So much so, the word has become an extremely popular Twitter hashtag with the youth these days. However, besides old generation, many language experts and social-psychologists also find the acronym 'annoying' and 'dumb' since it is being used to justify the irrational behaviour centered around gratification of lower instincts and risking life through inept adventures.
Looking at the popularity of YOLO among youth and entertainment media, it has been decided to include the word 'Yolo' in the dictionary. Market forces have started encashing on the popularity of word among the youth that it being printed on the merchandise worn by them as a youth motto. It has become popular as a tattoo also.