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To lose, or to take a loss. The L comes from the word lose/ loss.
Me: Jermaine got beat up!
You: He took a L!
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to take an unfortunate loss and turn of events.
"last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back" - Big Sean (2017)
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Catching an L means catching a loss. In this sense, you catch an L if you say something stupid or, if you try to sound intelligent but are proved wrong.
1. Sarah says, "Has anyone ever noticed that "Santa" has the same letters as Satan? Isn't that weird? What are your thoughts?"
Cathy responds, "And Santa is also the word for Saint in many languages. And since the figure of Santa Claus is based off SAINT Nicholas, its not surprising. So nice try, but you failed."

In that case, Sarah caught an L because she tried to prove an invalid point.
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To simply lose. When things Do not go as planned or when one has no choice but to decline an invitation for an appealing event.
John: bro are you still coming out tonight. Smith: Naw wifey coming over, im gonna have to take a L tonight.
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L mean "loss" or "lose", depending on the context it is used in.
He just took that big L.
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The term "L" originally referred specifically to an L-Plate joint. For those who do not know, an L-Plate joint is made by sticking two rolling papers perpendicular to each other in the shape of an "L", allowing for a larger joint.

Nowadays, the term "L" refers to both a blunt (marijuana cigar) as well as L-Plate joints.

The evolution of the term either came from blunts rolled with El Producto cigars, or due to the size of an L-Plate joint being larger than the average joint and possibly similar to a blunt.
Dude: "Yo son come smoke an L with me."
Dude #2: "Aight."

(Also, when you hear rap songs where people are smoking "Ls", they are almost certainly referring to blunts rather than L-Plate joints, unless they specifically mention that they are smoking joints or spliffs at the same time.)
by quonerkz March 30, 2009
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