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What Does 123 Mean?123 means "I Agree." The numerical sequence 123 is a quick way to express agreement. When followed by a question mark, it means "Do you agree?".
The origin of 123 as shorthand for "agree" is unclear, but it appears to be based on 123 rhyming with "agree" and 123 being a simple sequence that is unquestionably correct. Confusingly, 123 is occasionally used to mean "I love you," and the origin of this meaning is also unclear. When 123 means I love you, it is probably a misunderstanding of the term 143 (I Love You), which counts the number of letters in each word.
Summary of Key Points"I Agree" is the most common definition for 123 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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Adults and Teenagers
Image for 123When I write 123, I mean this:
123 means I agree.
Examples of 123 in SentencesHere are examples of 123 being used in conversations:
- Shelley: Dave is definitely the best-looking guy in the band.
- Cara: 123.
- Krista: I can't wear this dress; it makes my bum look big.
- John: 123. Oops, did I just say that?
An Academic Look at 123In both meanings ("I agree" and "I love you"), 123 is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, it is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.
123 is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.
What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?Before the digital era, we would have just said "I agree" or "I Love You" instead of 123.
Using Numbers in TextsThis video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":
Example of 123 Used in a Text
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