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Meaning of AYK


What Does AYK Mean?

AYK means "As You Know". The abbreviation AYK is used as a preparatory statement to remind the recipient of a relevant fact before introducing further information.

The abbreviation AYK is sometimes used when the sender wishes to gain an advantage in a conversation, as they know full well that the recipient does not, in fact, "know", but will not want to say so and thereby show their ignorance.

The abbreviation AYK is also sometimes used sarcastically or jokingly, especially in conversations between friends.
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Definition for AYK

AYK means "As You Know". This is the most common definition for AYK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about AYK:

AYK
Definition:As You Know
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write AYK, I mean this:

meaning of AYK
"As You Know"
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Examples of AYK in Sentences

Here are examples of AYK being used in conversations:
  • Dave: Where are you going on holiday this year?
  • Sheila: AYK, we went to Spain last year, so we are thinking of France this time.
  • Sean: What a result last night!
  • Tim: AYK, I was saying all last week that they would win.
  • Sean: Oh yeah...
  • Anna: Are you coming to karaoke tonight?
  • Tom: Of course. AYK, I am a fabulous singer when Ive had a few pints.
  • Anna: Actually, I think youre a better singer when Ive had more than a few.

An Academic Look at AYK

AYK is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eh Why Kay), but as this is harder to say than "As You Know" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation AYK is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

The abbreviation AYK is a prepositional phrase (the preposition is as), which is used as an adverb to establish the setting for the main clause.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have just said something like "As You Know" instead of using the abbreviation AYK.

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Using AYK on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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