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April 7, 2016

For those of you not up to par on you slang terminology, or who have perhaps misplaced your urban dictionary, a quick explanation of the term YOLO.

“YOLO” is an acronym for “you only live once.” It implies that one should enjoy life, even if that entails taking risks, as if there would not be another chance for it. The phrase and acronym are both currently used in youth culture and music, and were both popularized by the 2011 song “The Motto” by rapper Drake.

Incidentally, two years after his album’s release, rapper Drake spotted clothing bearing the acronym “YOLO” at a Walgreens and a Macy’s. He of course immediately requested compensation and insisted the businesses pay up for using “his” catchphrase. At this point rapper Drake was informed that the legal trademark for YOLO had been purchased a year prior to his albums release by Restaurateur Tim Petrillo, co-owner of YOLO restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. If one wanted to get technical, YOLO is the title of an 1855 waltz, “Man lebt nur einmal!” which translates to ”You Only Live Once!” by Johann Strauss II; so rappers and restaurants are SOL by almost two centuries. But don’t take it too hard fellows— YOLO.

It’s hard to argue the fact that YOLO because no matter whom you are, despite race, creed or religion YOLO. Unless you believe in reincarnation then you wouldn’t OLO. Not sure what the acronym for that would be (YALA-You Always Live Again?) but you can be certain they’ll eventually find a way to rap about it.

Living with the understanding YOLO and living your life like YOLO since YOLO is acceptable and perfectly fine. It fits quite well into our modern self-centered society. Admittedly if you accept that YOLO and live like YOLO you’ll live a fuller and happier life...though in some cases maybe not as long and YOLO. So YOLO and that’s fine and dandy. But for those of you who OLO you just have to keep in mind­— SODOI.

OMG! This is acronym hell!!! Trying to use this particular one in proper context is making my brain turn to this bothering anyone else? Sorry. Taking a quick break to de-poo my mind...moving on...

Thankfully SODOI is not an acronym for anything. It’s just three little words smashed together into something that appears to be an acronym. SODOI is a reminder for those who constantly like to live their lives under the mantra that YOLO that So Do I. If you want to live in the moment and treat each day like there’s no tomorrow then it’s your life and right to do so. However you need to keep in mind that everyone else only lives once too. If your YOLOing (I know that’s improper usage and don’t care) interferes with someone’s life, who lives for tomorrow, then you are in direct violation of the YOLO code of ethics. Seriously, how could it possibly be considered fair if YOLO and it messes up someone else’s YOLO time? Yeah… whatever… YOLO right? No it’s not all right! Just because YOLO doesn’t mean you can do whatever the hell you want while YOLO. It doesn’t give you the right to inhibit others from doing whatever the hell they want because YOLO either. No, wait...should that be because they YOLO too or would it be TOLOT? For the love of Jehovah can we stop creating acronyms that screw up our ability to use proper English? Do not YOLO me or so help me I’ll cut the time YOLO in half.

Acronyms, made up words, and literary acrobatics aside, the point here is age old and relatively simple to comprehend. Live your life like it’s the only one you’ve got (because it is) but you’ll find in respecting others’ right to life will make yours all the better.

Next week: NO ACRONYMS!!!

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




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