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Unlike most Internet acronyms, TLDR (or TL; DR) has found its place in press articles, professional emails and even Merriam Dictionary-Webster . But what does TLDR mean, how do you use it and wd 'where does it come from?
Too long; Didn't read
TLDR (or TL; DR) is a common Internet acronym for "Too long; I did not read. "At first glance, the expression seems fairly easy to understand. But words and phrases can change depending on their context, and TLDR is no exception.
In its simplest form , TLDR is used to express that a piece of digital text (an article, an email, etc.) is too long to read. A single "TLDR? Without any explanation could be an intentionally rude or funny comment. In most cases, however, it's just a witty acknowledgment that a small piece of text is easier to digest than a large wall of text.
This says, you will rarely see a single "TLDR " in the comments for a web article (or anywhere, really). People tend to accompany their TLDR with a summarye of what is discussed. At the bottom of a long article on football, for example, you might find a comment that says "TLDR: The Patriots will win the next Super Bowl." ”
In the same line, writers sometimes include a TLDR at the top or bottom of their article, email or SMS. This is supposed to be a summary of what the author is saying, and it is a warning that the details of a long text may not be worth the effort of every reader. A ten paragraph product review for a crappy laptop, for example, could just start with "TLDR: this laptop sucks. " This is the quick summary, and you can read further for more details. .
TLDR dates back to the early 2000s
Like most Internet slang, we don't really know where the word TLDR comes from. Our best guess is that the expression comes from discussion forums like the Something Awful and 4Chan forums.goal of the 2000s.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary (which accepted "TL; DR as a word in 2018) claims that the word was first used in 2002, but provides no evidence to support its claim.
As of now, the first recorded use of TLDR (then spelled "TL; DR) dates back to January 2003, when it was added to Urban Dictionary . There are also forum posts that contain the word "TL; DR " at the end of the same year.
Since 2004, Google searches for the term "TLDR " or "TL; DR " has slowly climbed. Unfortunately, Google Analytics started in January 2004, so we can't look further back. You can see that the use of the word "TLDR " has greatly exceeded "TL; DR " since 2004, which is why we removed the semicolon for most of this article.
How do you use TLDR?
In general, you should only use TLDR to summarize a text, whether you are the author or the commenter. Usethe phrase TLDR without offering a useful summary for the content may seem grossly intentional (but of course, this may be your intention).
When you use TLDR as a commentator, your job is very simple. Provide a useful summary that other readers may understand or leave a sarcasm "TLDR " and presents itself as rude or childish.
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When using TLDR as an author, your work is a little more complicated. Placing a TLDR summary at the start of an article or email can save the reader time or serve as a quick introduction, but can also give the reader a reason to ignore the details of your text.
A TLDR summary at the end of a long text is sometimes more desirable, as it allows you to summarize all the details that the reader digests . But in some situations, this use may seem a bit sarcastic. It's as if the author recognizes that his own wall of text can be correctly understood in a single sentence.
As for the use professional or scholarly, it just depends on the context. As a general rule, don't throw TLDR anywhere you wouldn't say LOL. But if you really want to useTL TLDR in a professional environment (it is important for programmers, marketers and writers), consider saying "TL; DR" instead. It seems more sophisticated than the basic TLDR, and it is accepted as a word by the Webster dictionary.
So TLDR: TLDR is a useful way to summarize the details and speed up communication. Use it when it suits you and try to avoid appearing rude.
Sources: Know Your Meme , Merriam-Webster