What Does ASL Mean?

ASL means "Age? Sex? Location?" when used in texts, chat forums and messaging apps (particularly Snapchat, Facebook, and Instgram). In its most common use, ASL is an abbreviation used to determine a person's key personal details. As a quick way to establish whom you're talking to, ASL can be an innocent prelude to an appropriate conversation. However, as the answers to ASL could divulge potentially useful information to a predatory chat-forum user, the parents of young children should be aware of what ASL means.

Despite being an abbreviation, ASL is commonly written "asl" (i.e., in lowercase letters). It also features in ASLP ("Age? Sex? Location? Picture").

Other Definitions of ASL

Here are some other common definitions for ASL:

ASLAbove Sea Level
ASLAfter School Learning
ASLAmerican Sign Language
ASLAmerican Soccer League
ASLApache Software License
ASLApproved Source List
ASLAssigned Stockage List
ASLAuthorized Stock List
ASLAutomatic Sound Leveliser
ASLAutomatic Speed Limiter
ASLAutonomous Script Language

Summary of Key Points

"Age, Sex, Location?" is the most common definition for ASL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

ASL or asl (lowercase)
Definition:Age, Sex, Location?
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for ASL

When I write ASL, I mean this:

meaning of ASL
ASL ("Age? Sex? Location?") and ASLP ("Age? Sex? Location? Picture") are commonly used to establish basic details at the start of a conversation.


Example of ASL in a Sentence

Here is an example of ASL being used in a sentence:
  • Barry: ASL?
  • Timmy: 12 Male Denver
  • Barry: Denver? My brother lives near there. He owns a pet shop.
  • Timmy: I'd love a dog.
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An Academic Look at ASL

ASL is an unusual initialism abbreviation because each letter represents a question (as opposed to a word). Even though ASL plays the role of three interrogative statements (i.e., three questions), it is commonly seen without a question mark. In other words, it can be written ASL? or ASL.

Example of ASL Used in a Text


See Also

Selves-isolating (Locking down with a partner) ASLP (age, sex, location, picture) NASL (name, age, sex, location) WAY (where are you?)