What does IYKYK mean? Internet slang term explained

“IYKYK” is just one of many slang terms used across social media from TikTok to Twitter, but if you’re not sure what it means, here’s everything you need to know.

Over the years the internet has seen a whole host of different slang words, acronyms and references, some falling out of use as quickly as they arose and others still hanging around online today.

Platforms like Twitter and TikTok, in particular, have popularized a number of new slang terms like “moots” or “mid,” but with so many of them these days, it can be hard to keep up if you’re not up to date.

One term that’s particularly popular on social media is the acronym “IYKYK,” which can be both capitalized and uncapitalized.

The term is often used when people are referring to anything from TV shows to childhood memories, and can be written as part of a sentence, on its own, or as a hashtag. But what exactly does it mean?

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TikTok is one of the biggest sources of new slang terms on the web.

What does IYKYK mean?

IYKYK simply stands for the expression “If you know, you know”. It essentially refers to a reference or throwback that only certain people receive, although who that group of people is depends entirely on the context.

You can see people using it to talk about a situation without directly relating to it, or to create relatable posts about the time they grew up in.

Some trends on TikTok even used the phrase in videos intended to intentionally confuse people who aren’t up to date by talking about or doing something nonsensical.

So if you see the term “IYKYK” next to something you don’t understand, you probably aren’t the intended audience for the post.

If there are other words people use on social media, especially TikTok, that you don’t know the meaning of, you can read our slang guide here.

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Emma Bowman

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