What Does AYKM Mean?

AYKM (Are You Kidding Me?) is an exclamation to portray a strong emotion such as joy, surprise, disgust, or disbelief. AYKM is mostly used in response to shocking news, but it can also be used to start a conversation, in which case it has the connotation of "You'll never guess what I've just learned."

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When I write AYKM, I mean this: meaning of AYKM AYKM is an exclamation meaning "Are you kidding me?"

Summary of Key Points

"Are You Kidding Me?" is the most common definition for AYKM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Are You Kidding Me?
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of AYKM in Sentences

Here is an example of AYKM being used in a conversation:
  • Charlie: Peter has been sacked.
  • Jordan: AYKM?
  • (Here, AYKM is used as a response.)
  • Charlie: AYKM?
  • Jordan: What?
  • Charlie: Peter has been sacked.
  • (Here, AYKM is used to initiate a conversation.)

An Academic Look at AYKM

AYKM is used as a standalone interrogative sentence, i.e., a question. (In other words, it is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.) Even though AYKM is a question and an exclamation, it is not always followed by a question mark or an exclamation mark.

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

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "You're joking, right?" instead of AYKM.

Example of AYKM Used in a Text


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