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ywn

or >ywn [wahy duhb-uh l yoo en]

What does ywn mean?

Ywn or >ywn is an internet acronym for “you will never,” usually used to introduce specific life experiences someone longs for but feels they can’t have.

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Examples of ywn

>ywn be north sentinelese and escape modernity why live
@ottovonschirekt, February, 2018
ywn lend your coat to your girl in the winter on the walk home together...
@X8GUTSHOT, February, 2018
>ywn be part of a generations old family restaurant, learning from ur parents &a [sic] grandparents and passing it on to ur kids why live
@IDIOT_TEEN, October, 2017
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Who uses ywn?

Ywn and >ywn see occasional use on social-media platforms, more commonly among young adults. Ywn and >ywn can also be issued ironically, to mock someone perceived as self-important. It can be used to tout oneself, showing off a quality or accomplishment to the exclusion of others.

The acronym is often accompanied by a picture of the longed-for object or a meme reaction expressing how the ywn makes them feel.

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