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IKYFL meaning: what do ‘IKYFL popping up here’ door signs mean?

Bruno Cooke April 2, 2021
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The internet acronym IKYFL has surged in popularity the last few days. What does it mean, and why are there doormats that say “IKYFL popping up here”?

IKYFL meaning

IKYFL is an internet acronym, or social media slang term, that stands for “I Know You F****** Lying”.

Abbreviations also lists “I Know You Feel Like” among its translations, but its more common usage is the former.

Translated into less colloquial, less slangy phraseology, IKFYL means something like, “you have got to be kidding”. 

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Or, if you’re a speaker of British English, you might say, “I don’t believe you”. 

Although, it doesn’t literally mean you don’t believe whomever you’re talking to. Rather, it is an expression of incredulity.

What does ‘IKYFL popping up here’ mean?

IKYFL doormats, door signs, face masks, hoodies, t-shirts and tank tops are available to purchase on shopping platforms such as Etsy, Amazon, Redbubble and Damn Good Doormats.

On items of clothing (such as face masks and tank tops), the acronymic phrase IKYFL stands alone. But on doormats and door signs it forms part of the phrase, “IKYFL popping up here”.

In these contexts, it appears, IKYFL translates (as per the second definition above) too “I Know You Feel Like”.

So, “IKYFL popping up here” means “I know you feel like popping up here”. 

Or, in other words, it means, “I know you feel like visiting” – an apparently redundant invitation, given the fact that it is only readable to people who are already visiting.

How have people been using IKYFL on Twitter?

IKYFL has popped up a lot on Twitter lately. 

One user used the acronym in response to the idea that one can “cheat respectfully” on a romantic partner. 

Another has used it to comment on Lady Gaga’s hairstyle

Finally, a user used it humorously to respond to a tweet (possibly a pre-April fool’s gag?) saying that 2013 was 18 years ago.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.