“Hey, I saw that you started writing for What Does it All Mean? and I was wondering what everyone’s fascination with “NGL” is?” — Some Concerned Citizen

Well, for starters, the entire internet. OK, maybe not. But definitely a good chunk of the internet. You see, NGL has become something of an inside joke amongst online writers and commenters. Many are convinced that it stands for nothing; some say it means “Not Gonna Lie” or “Not Going to Lie”.

Many still don’t even know what it means at all. And that’s where we come in! We’re going to look into this mysterious little acronym and try to deduce exactly what this phrase is all about.

History of NGL

It’s a term used during the last century that means we’re not going to be dishonest about something or someone. We’re just not!

According to Google Trends, the word starting trending around 2009. It was also added to the Urban Dictionary around the same time.

How to Say “NGL”

One way the folks at 9gag say it is to put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and flick it up into the air. Another way they suggest saying it is just like riding a bicycle, or something along those lines. That’s probably not how you’re supposed to pronounce it, but hey — I’m all for different methods of saying things.

You might find that certain ways say NGL better than other ways do. In fact, you might even want to make up your own method of pronunciation! Why not?

How Do I Use NGL?

If someone says, “I promise I will send the chapter soon” and you’re not so sure about their timing, then they can write “NGL, it’s pretty straightforward”.

Here is another one:

“Oh man, I forgot to tell him that my parents were coming home early!”

“Wow! That sucks! Is there any way he can make it?”

“NGL…I have no idea what to do.”

By saying “NGL,” users type fewer characters when sending a message such as this on social media or in an online chat room.

They also gain clarity in how they communicate with others — there’s no confusion of whether someone said yes or no because using acronyms makes messages clearer. This helps save time and energy for everyone involved — especially if the message is urgent.

If you want to express your feelings about the truthfulness of a comment, then using NGL is one way to go as opposed to telling someone that they shouldn’t lie or that they are lying. It’s more subtle and less aggressive than saying those things.

For example: “NGL…I don’t think I like it when people tell me something and then do the opposite.” Your friend will know exactly what you mean because it’s possible for words like this to sound sarcastic.

A sarcastic tone is not always well received in every situation, especially face-to-face interactions with friends or family members — not everyone understands sarcasm or wants to deal with it. So keep this in mind if you use NGL or any other acronym in your daily communications — make sure you know who you’re talking to.

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