Slang and the Internet have a long history.
In fact, the word “emoticon” dates as far back as the 1980s, while examples of the idea itself can be found as far back as the late 1800s.
Most Internet slang is much more recent, and acronyms are always popular.
This short post will look at the term “huu” or “hit you up.”
What does “huu” mean online?
“Huu” is an acronym, a specific type of abbreviation formed from the first letters of the words within it. In this case, the meaning of “huu” is “hit you up.”
Although this isn’t quite an acronym, use of the letter “u” for the word “you” is so common online that it may as well be. If you see someone saying they will “huu,” it means they will “hit you up,” or ask you to provide something.
The parts of “huu” explained
“Huu” is a three-letter slang word.
Like many pieces of Internet slang, it’s an acronym, a type of abbreviation where you only use the first letter in each word of the phrase to save time.
A very well-known example of an Internet acronym is LOL (laugh out loud) or xD.
Unlike LOL, huu is usually not capitalized.
As for the letters of “huu,” they stand in for the phrase “hit you up.”
This phrase means, essentially, that someone is going to take you up on an offer to do something for them.
“Hey bro, need a ride to school. Can I huu?”
“oh, gonna huu l8r 4 a cig”
In the first example, the person sending this message is asking if a friend can give them a ride to school.
Here, “huu” is used as part of a question, so that the person writing the text is asking, not stating they will do something.
The author of example two is a little more pushy, stating that they will be asking for a cigarette later.
Huu or hyu?
If you’ve been paying attention, you might notice that huu is not a very good acronym for “hit you up.”
The reason this phrase is “huu” instead of “hyu” is simply that the letter “u” is commonly used on the Internet to stand in for the word “you.”
That said, the acronym “HYU” can also be seen, although it’s more common in text messages than it is on the Internet. Unlike “huu,” “HYU” is almost always capitalized.
Regardless of whether someone says they will “huu” or “HYU,” however, the meaning is the same: “hit you up.”
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