AMA

What Does AMA Mean?

AMA means "Ask Me Anything". It is a chat topic or general discussion forum thread. Users can ask the OP (Original Poster) questions relating to a specific aspect of their life, fame, or career. The term AMA has been in usage since the 1990s. Its origins began in an AOL chatroom. As the chatroom was placed in a romance category, the questions were of a sexual nature. Since Reddit opened in 2005, AMA lost its sexual tones and became more popular because of a subreddit dedicated to the topic.

Not all AMA threads are hosted by high-profile people and celebrities (though these are the most popular and well-known ones). Normal people with interesting jobs, or interesting experiences can also host these online interviews. Some of the most notable celebrity AMAs on Reddit are:
  • Barack Obama
  • Madonna
  • Bill Murray
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
When a celebrity hosts an AMA, they usually post proof to prove it's really them answering the questions. Here is the picture Bill Murray posted with his AMA:


If you google the term AMA, Reddit is the first website to appear. It is the most popular place for the discussions to take place. In recent years, YouTubers have made AMA videos. They encourage their subscribers can post their questions on Twitter, or in the YouTube comments so they can answer them in a follow-up video.

Summary of Key Points

"Ask Me Anything" is the most common definition for AMA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

AMA
Definition:Ask Me Anything
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write AMA, I mean this:

meaning of AMA
[The image shows the logo for the website Reddit. This is where AMAs (Ask Me Anything) became popular.]

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Examples of AMA in Sentences

Here are examples of AMA being used in conversations:
  • Tony: What are you doing?
  • Jordan: My favourite youtuber just uploaded an AMA. I want to see if she answered my question.
  • Tony: Do you still want to be an astronaut?
  • Jordan: Yes. Why?
  • Tony: An astronaut just took part in an AMA on Reddit.
  • Jordan: Send me a link to it, please.

An Academic Look at AMA

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ay Em Ay"), AMA is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Second Definition for AMA

This meaning was also noted:

AMA
Definition:Against Medical Advice
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Example of AMA Used in a Text

 
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See Also

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