With the advent of the digital age, the use of acronyms and abbreviations in online messaging has taken the world by storm.
Often used as a method to reduce the length of messages, many new acronyms have popped up, such as “lol”, “jk” and “ykyk”.
The abbreviation “ykyk”, is used liberally in informal, written online communication.
First used in late 2016, the abbreviation has slowly gained more traction and popularity stemming from the fact that millennials and coming generations tend to dislike the time spent in writing each word individually.
By using such abbreviations and acronyms, however, the time taken to write messages -especially lengthy messages- decreases exponentially, and has thus managed to captivate the younger age segments of the population.
What is the Meaning of the Expression “ykyk”?
The literal meaning of “ykyk” is “you know you know”. This acronym is used to shorten the phrase which essentially refers to one understanding the context of a message sent if and only if they are already aware of the previous context of said message.
Why Using The Phrase “ykyk” is Not as Simple as it Seems?
Essentially, the phrase “you know, you know” typically refers to an inside joke that only a select few individuals may be privy to.
Due to its widespread popularity, this phrase may easily be employed online, however, as with any abbreviation, it is indeed true that not everyone is accustomed to their use.
Therefore, it is recommended that such acronyms be employed only when communicating with those who are well-accustomed to such abbreviations.
Moreover, care must be taken to ensure that these are not used excessively, as this leads to repetition and thus stagnation. Last but not least, acronyms should not be used in oral communication to prevent any mishaps stemming from communication gaps.
How to Use the Acronym “ykyk”
The acronym “ykyk”, is relatively simple to utilize in messages and due to its catchy nature, it is often used in hashtags and captions on social media platforms.
Consequently, not only is the abbreviation used in sentences, but it may also appear as a “tag”, which is used by others to locate posts and pictures with similar tags.
Examples of instances using “ykyk” include:
Similar Phrases to “ykyk” and Their Usage
Owing to the fact that “ykyk” is often preceded by the conjunction “if”, recently, a variant of the abbreviation ykyk has emerged, “iykyk”.
Similar to “ykyk”, “iykyk” too, is used in hashtags and can be used informally in a similar manner to “ykyk”.
However, as with the previous abbreviation, “ykyk”, care must be taken to ensure that the abbreviation is used only with people who understand such abbreviations.
Examples of the abbreviation “iykyk” being used include:
In conclusion, one must keep in mind that though highly versatile and popular, like any other phrase, misuse of this acronym will inevitably lead to confusion and disapproval, as it must be emphasized that not only is this acronym not understood by many, it is also popular in written, informal, online communication.
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