What does RL stand for?

Real life

RL is an acronym that stands for "Real life," which refers to the real world as opposed to the virtual online world. It is often used online in chat rooms and when gaming.

The acronym is a quick way for people who are active online to refer to things that occur in the real world, such as doctor appointments, jobs, car repairs, and in-person relationships. It is one of several acronyms to refer to life among breathing humans, and not computing machines, such as IRL and RW.


Maybe we should stop playing World of Warcraft so much and see what RL is like again

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Updated December 19, 2019

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