ASL


American Shuffleboard League.
American Soccer League.

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ABOUT THIS WORD

What else does asl mean?

Asl is an internet abbreviation for age, sex, and location, usually asked as a question in romantic or sexual contexts online.

It’s also used as internet slang for the intensifying expression “as hell.”

How is asl pronounced?

[ ey-es-el ]

What are some other forms of asl?

a/s/l
ASL
aslp

What are some other words related to asl?

wyd
hmu
af

Where does asl come from?

The acronym asl can be used in messaging services, texts, chats, and other online discussions between people who haven’t talked to or met before. The person asking asl is requesting that the other person divulge their age, sex, and what town, state, or country they live in in order to determine if they want to make a romantic or sexual advance on the person.

Evidence of asl (or a/s/l) being used in online dating goes back to at least 1998. In 2015, the term had become widespread and familiar enough to inspire the title of the romance novel Age Sex Location by Melissa Pimentel.

Since at least the early 2010s, asl has been used as an internet abbreviation of “as hell,” with asl meant to sound like the pronunciation of this expression. For example, “Billy is funny asl” means “Billy is funny as hell.” This is used in similar contexts to the intensifier af, which stands for as f*ck. The earlier asl is sometimes written as a/s/l to differentiate it from the newer meaning.

How is asl used in real life?

In online chats, the letter P is sometimes added to the end of an asl query (aslp), requesting a picture, to go along with the other information.

In many online communities, abruptly and anonymously asking someone asl is seen as a rude, creepy, and immature introduction—not to mention unsafe, given the risks of sharing one’s location with a stranger. Some chat rooms even discourage or forbid the use of asl in their rules.

Asl is not to be confused with ASL, the abbreviation for American Sign Language.

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British Dictionary definitions for asl (1 of 2)

asl

abbreviation for

above sea level
age, sex, and location

British Dictionary definitions for asl (2 of 2)

ASL

abbreviation for

American Sign LanguageSee Ameslan
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