It’s been a wild ride, but, after sparking car accidents, regrettable tattoos and this, it looks like “YOLO” might finally be on its way out (or so we hope). Vanity Fair published a feature article about the rise and fall of the needless abbreviation of “You Only Live Once” today, and, as it turns out, the phrase’s history is a little hazy.

Around these parts we’ve often given Drake credit for creating, or at least popularizing, the word on “The Motto,” but VF points to several alternate histories. Read the whole thing via the link below and decide for yourself if it was Drizzy, the drummer from the Grateful Dead, a reality show contestant or someone else entirely. 

An Oral History of YOLO, the Word That Lived Too Long

[via VanityFair]

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