What Does 121 Mean?

121 means "One-to-One". 121 is commonly used for brevity in chat rooms or on social-media sites when someone wishes to initiate a conversation or meeting between themselves and one other person.

Of note:
  • 121 is also a popular name for confidential counselling services.
  • 121 may also be written 1-2-1.

Summary of Key Points

"One To One" is the most common definition for 121 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:One To One
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for 121

When I write 121, I mean this:

meaning of 121
The image shows 2 people having a 121.


Examples of 121 in Sentences

Here are examples of 121 being used in conversations:
  • Craig: I really need some 121 Spanish classes.
  • Mel: Thatís a good idea. You sound like the English equivalent of Manuel from Fawlty Towers.
  • Sharon: My manager has called me in for a 121 meeting.
  • Claire: Are you worried?

An Academic Look at 121

121 is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write the word, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "One-to-One" or something like "Face-to-Face" instead of using the cyber term 121.

Example of 121 Used in a Text


See Also

F2F (face to face) MUG (face) UC&P (up close and personal) UCAP (up close and personal) PM (private message) PVT (private) WTGP? (want to go private?)