Y/N

1. What is Y/N short for in emails?

Yes or no?

In emails, Y/N stands for "yes or no?" An email that starts or ends with Y/N likely contains a question to which you must answer "Yes" or "No."

For example, an email with the subject "Y/N: Are you taking the Friday after Thanksgiving off?" demands a reply of "Yes, I am taking the Friday after Thanksgiving off." or "No, I am not taking the Friday after Thanksgiving off." Y/N may be paired with VSRE, giving respondents the option to simply reply "Yes" or "No" without feeling rude or impolite.

Example

"Do these jeans make me look fat? Y/N"
"No, of course not. How could you even think that?"

In emails, Y/N means "yes or no?"

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Last Updated: December 8, 2020

2. What does Y/N stand for in fan fiction?

Your name

Seasoned reader-insert fan fiction readers know that Y/N stands for "your name." When reading reader-insert fan fiction, readers are encouraged to pretend they are the story's main character. Because different readers have different names, reader-insert fan fiction often uses Y/N in place of the main character's name, allowing readers to mentally replace Y/N with their own name in dialogue and descriptions.

Reader-insert fan fiction has existed for decades but, according to Fanlore.org, the Y/N convention originated sometime around 2011. Some fanfic writers may still use a long underscore or [Name] in place of Y/N, but Y/N is now the most common substitute for a main character's name in reader-insert fan fiction.

Example

"As you enter the party, you hear Kris cry out, 'Y/N, you made it!' Your heart goes all aflutter."
In fan fiction, Y/N means "your name"

In fan fiction, Y/N means "your name"

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Last Updated: December 8, 2020

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