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'RL': How We Describe 'Real Life' to Our Online Friends

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Question: 'RL': How We Describe 'Real Life' to Our Online Friends
Answer: "RL" is the slang acronym for "Real Life". It is used to reference "my other responsibilities" or "what I do when I am not on the computer". RL is a common expression amongst groups of people who spend significant online time together: IM chat buddies, online gamers, people who work on virtual teams.

"RL" is often spelled all uppercase, but can be also spelled "rl". All versions mean the same thing. Just be careful not to type entire sentences in uppercase, as that is considered rude shouting.

Examples of RL usage:

  • (first user:) Come on... let's run another dungeon for hour!
  • (second user:) Sry, man, RL is calling. If I don't cook dinner for the kids now, they'll hassle me all night for macaroni and cheese.
  • (third user:) LOL! RL is overrated, and you have too many kids anyways, hahaha


The RL expression, like many cultural curiousities of the Internet, is a part of modern English communication.

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