New York, Dec. 11 (ANI): YOLO an acronym for "You only live once," has apparently been the most annoying and overused word of 2012.
The word was short-listed for the 2012 English Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary, the Huffington Post reported.
Even Zac Efron has a tattoo with the acronym on his hand.
But the word also resulted in the death of a young aspiring rapper, Ervin McKinness, who tweeted, "Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #FuckIt YOLO" minutes before he died in a one-car crash.
According to KnowYourMeme.com, the earliest pop culture use of the acronym is attributed to Adam Mesh on the third season of NBC's reality show 'Average Joe.' Mesh even launched a YOLO clothing line in 2004.
In July 2006, the band The Strokes released a single called 'You Only Live Once.' They then launched 'Operation YOLO,' asking their fans to request the song on American radio stations.
But the main impetus for the word came when the rapper Drake tweeted "You only live once...YOLO," on October 23, 2011, with a picture of him on a balcony overlooking a city.
The next day, tweets with the word "YOLO" rose significantly.
The Google Insights graph also suggests that searches for "YOLO" rose significantly between October 2011 and November 2011.
Then, his single 'The Motto' played on the radio on Halloween 2011, with the official music video following on February 10, 2012.
'The Motto' contains the lyrics "Now she want a photo, you already know, though/ You only live once: that's the motto n***a, YOLO."
There are essentially two ways in which a person can use YOLO: ironically or as a way to be nonchalant about doing really asinine things.
For the asinine things the examples go like this, "I'm getting super drunk toniteeeeee. Pounding shots!! #YOLO" or "Trying heroin for the first time at my friend's house #lol #yolo." (ANI)