YOLO, the acronym for “you only live once,” has been associated with taking risks and having fun ever since rapper Drake coined the popular motto. But “Saturday Night Live” reversed the meaning of the phrase during a comical short that marked a return of former cast member Andy Samberg to the show.
According to the "SNL" YOLO skit, which you can view above, life is a precious gift, “so don’t get too crazy,” Samberg says during the digital short that featured Saturday’s guest host, Adam Levine, and musical guest Kendrick Lamar.
“Never go to loud clubs, ‘cuz it’s bad for your ears. Your friends will all be sorry when they can’t hear,” Jorma Taccone, member of the Lonely Island comedy troupe, croons, along with Samberg and Akiva Schaffer.
The members hilariously caution youth not to do any traveling, whether it’s by boat, train, plane or car, because it’s dangerous. Instead, “build a bomb shelter basement with titanium walls.”
Samberg takes it a step further and raps in the "SNL" Yolo skit that you should wear a titanium suit, just in case a piano falls on your head while walking on the sidewalk.
“And never go in saunas ‘cuz they’re crawling with piranhas,” the former "SNL" cast member warns.
“You only live once; don’t ever let it go to waste,” the group says.
Lamar raps about investing conservatively in the viral "SNL" YOLO video, urging youngsters to go with a 401(k) and save for retirement.
“Renting is for suckers right now. A dependable savings and you’ll retire with money in your account,” the up-and-coming rapper rhymes.
The group sums up its advice at the end of the skit.
“You’re only on this Earth for a short time, so don’t go outside because you don’t want to die,” they say. “Just take our advice and hide and scream ‘YOLO’ to the sky.”
While “YOLO” has been a popular term among youth, the motto has also gotten respect from the Oxford American Dictionary.
The dictionary considered “YOLO” as its 2012 Word of the Year, but that honor went to “GIF.”
“GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun,” the dictionary’s website stated. “The GIF has evolved from a medium for pop-cultural memes into a tool with serious applications, including research and journalism, and its lexical identity is transforming to keep pace.”