Anyone who has spent time on the internet knows it has its own language. Acronyms, neologisms, slang, and simply made-up words populate the internet vernacular, which can be really confusing for people who don’t spend much time on the web.
Niche platforms like TikTok, Reddit, and Twitter have their own code-talk that looks like nonsense to outsiders. Terms like “dox”, “AMA”, “bump”, “troll”, and “IMHO” have their own particular meaning in the digital space, some of which can be pretty obtuse. Surely someday internet historians will hotly debate the true meaning of ancient phrases like “gtfo” or “lmao”.
TikTok has picked up its own dictionary of weird acronyms and phrases. Let’s look at some of the more interesting ones.
DC Meaning On TikTok
Another common abbreviation on TikTok videos is “DC” or just “dc”.
DC Means: Dance Challenge and is put on videos of people doing—you guessed it— dances.
Most of the time dance challenges spawn when one user does a particularly cool routine or there is some viral hit going around like “Old Town Road” or something similar. Users compete in dance challenges to get the most views in hopes of going viral. Most of the time, users tag other users in their videos to indicate that they are challenging them to a dance-off, like “dc: @tiktokuser.”
If you search “dc” on TikTok there are tons of videos of people challenging their friends to dance challenges. Some famous TikTok stars get together to do collaborative dance challenge videos.
FYP Meaning On TikTok
Take a look at a recent trending video on TikTok. Odds are someone posted a comment saying #fyp. What does this weird acronym mean? (Hint: it does not mean “found your pancakes.” Trust us, we’re sure.).
FYP Means: For Your Profile/Page
FYP actually can mean two things, depending on the context.
- FYP Meaning = “for your profile” (or “for your page”)
- FYP Meaning = “fixed your post”
When you see the #fyp on a video, it probably means “for your profile.” The #fyp marking is basically the way that TikTok curates videos for your personal feed. Users put #fyp on their videos in a bid to get them on the “For You” page on a person’s personal feed. Getting on the FYP page on TikTok is kind of a big deal as a lot of FYP videos end up going viral.
For example, right now on my For You page, there is a video of a guy cosplaying as Exotic Joe wearing daisy dukes dancing to trap music and a guy stuffing his toilet full of Coke and Mentos. Yeah we know, TikTok is weird.
Alternatively, FYP can mean “fixed your post.” This acronym is most often posted when another user modifies and reposts another’s video. The idea is that they “fixed” the original post by making some changes. Whether or not the post is actually fixed is up for grabs. You be the judge I guess.
CEO Meaning On TikTok
Calling someone the “CEO” of something is a recent trend in TikTok comments.
CEO Meaning: The idea is that users brand themselves or others as the “CEO” of some random trait they exhibit in their videos. CEOs are supposed to be experts or the head of something so calling someone the “CEO” of some random thing is basically saying they are good at something or are the boss of that thing.
For example, user @sweets.bysara is most definitely the CEO of sweets and this guy is the CEO of wrapping-rubber-bands-around-fruit-till-they-explode. On a video of a guy beatboxing, you may see comments saying “CEO of beats” or “CEO of beatboxing.” On a video of someone playing bagpipes, you might see comments like “CEO of bagpipes”, “CEO of Scotland”, or “CEO of haggis.”
In this video, a kid throws a can of soup on the ground after no one would make it for him. The comments call him the “CEO of soup”, the “CEO of cracking tiles”, and the “CEO of breaking marble tile flooring.”
So basically, calling someone the CEO is a way of saying they are the boss of some particular trait.
There is also the #ceochallenge hashtag which tags videos of people asking users to tell them what they are the CEO of. Everyone wants to know what they are the CEO of and the #ceochallenge tag is a way to poll the masses.
CEO-style comments got started in 2019 on the For You page and they do not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Are you the CEO of anything? Post a video and ask the TikTok community.
Other TikTok Slang Words and Phrases
Ok Boomer Meaning On TikTok
Odds are you’ve heard this one making the rounds in the news lately. The whole OK Boomer trend got stated on TikTok in 2019 and has only grown since.
The phrase “OK Boomer” is essentially a dismissive rebuttal directed towards someone who is seen a rigid, close-minded, or otherwise unable to consider other people’s views. The phrase has launched countless memes like this guy who wrote a whole piano ballad about the phrase.
Despite what people may say, the term “boomer” doesn’t necessarily refer to Baby Boomers; i.e. Americans born between 1946-1965, but instead refers to someone who is considered out of touch and resistant to change. As they say, boomer is not an age, but a state of mind. The phrase gained massive popularity on social media platforms like TikTok and Reddit as a way for Gen Z’ers to express their frustration with what they perceive to be a broken political system and an irresponsive older generation.
Aside from @neekolul, several other TikTok’ers have jumped on to the Oki Doki Boomer train and made parody videos.
Karen Meaning On TikTok
We feel bad for whoever this Karen is. “Karen” is a word used to describe a middle-age entitled woman, usually a mom, and who is rude to service workers.
The “Karen” haircut is typically depicted as a soccer mom bob with a blonde dye-job. Karen’s trademark phrase is that she “would like to see a manager.” Anyone who has worked in the service industry has probably met a Karen. She probably also drives a Volvo or something similar.
VSCO Girl Meaning On Tiktok
The VSCO Girl is basically the trademark image of a TikTok girl. VSCO girls are recognized by their scrunchies, Hydroflask water bottles, and oversized sweat-shirts they probably stole from their boyfriend. They also wear Birkenstocks and have some kitschy backpack or other accessories. The tern “VSCO girl” originally cam from the camera app VSCO, and is meant to peg a young teenage girl that spends time drawing trendy pictures of herself using the app.
Sksksksk Meaning On Tiktok
“sksksksk” is a sound that several internet denizens make. “sksksksk” is supposed to be an onomatopoeia for someone aimlessly scrabbling their fingers across the keyboard, often in exasperation or frustration. Yes, we know, internet slang doesn’t make much sense sometimes. That’s why it’s the internet.
Stan Meaning On TikTok
Stan can be both a noun or a verb. A “stan” is some fan—often obsessive fan— of a famous person. The term comes from the Eminem video “Stan” which is about a creepy super-fan named Stan who commits suicide after several of his letters to the famous rapper go unanswered. “Stan” can also be used as a verb, as in “to stan” for someone; i.e. support them or take their side in some issue. “Stan” can also be seen as an intentional misspelling of the word “stand” as in the phrase “I stand with them.” The term is supposed to indicate some kind of support or admiration.
Yeet Meaning On TikTok
“Yeet” is a personal favorite slang phrase of ours. “Yeeting” something basically just means you throw it with an excessive amount of force, like this woman yeeting a baby. It can also refer to a specific dance move, or can just be used as an expression of excitement. Other times the word seems to be used with no discernible meaning in mind, as is the case with r/Im15AndThisIsYeet, which seems to be a subreddit where people roleplay like they are 15 and post blithering nonsense.
There are tons of internet slang out there on TikTok and other platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and Youtube. These slang phrases often get picked up and become common sayings in phrases. A lot of people have pointed out how funny it is that internet slang terms keep getting spots in official dictionaries, such as the phrase “TL;DR” which is now in Merriam-Webster.