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Meaning of H2IK


What Does H2IK Mean?

H2IK means "Hell If I Know". The abbreviation H2IK is used to mean "I don't know". It is typically used to express complete ignorance of the subject being discussed. When used between friends, H2IK may indicate a strong lack of interest. However, when used in a work environment, it usually indicates a lack of knowledge.

The abbreviation H2IK originates from the TV show Defying Gravity. As explained in the show, it can be used to appear as though you're giving a technical explanation when you actually don't know what you're talking about. If someone familiar with the term hears it, H2IK can be considered a request for help. For example:
  • Boss: Why Isn't this programme working yet? 
  • IT Geek1 (Bluffing): It's an H2IK issue .  
  • IT Geek 2 (Jumping in): Yes, I've had a look, as you asked, and it seems to be an issue with the updates.  
  • IT Geek 1: Thanks, just as I thought. I will have that fixed in no time.  
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Of note, H2IK is identical in meaning to the abbreviation HTHSIK ("How The Hell Should I Know").
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Definition for H2IK

H2IK means "Hell If I Know (see also HIIK)". This is the most common definition for H2IK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about H2IK:

H2IK
Definition:Hell If I Know (see also HIIK)
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write H2IK, I mean this:

meaning of H2IK
H2IK means I really don't know.
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Examples of H2IK in Sentences

Here are examples of H2IK being used in conversations:
  • Maria: What would you like for dinner?
  • Steph: H2IK.
  • Maria: Wow, okay, calm down, I was only asking.
  • Owen: How many blades of grass are there in your garden?
  • Anna: H2IK! What a stupid question.

An Academic Look at H2IK

H2IK is a proverbial phrase, a variant of "Damned if I know" meaning "I have no idea". A proverbial phrase or a proverbial expression is a saying that becomes widely known through word of mouth. The phrase and expression differ because while a proverb is a fixed expression, a proverbial phrase allows alterations to fit the grammar of the context.

H2IK is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write the word, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "How on earth would I know that" instead of using H2IK.

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Using H2IK on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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