What Does IKTF Mean?

IKTF (I Know The Feeling) is used to show empathy. It is typically used after someone tells you about their bad news. IKTF lets them know you have experienced the same emotion at the same intensity.

Of note, IKTF is not used to show sympathy, which is shown using the icon U.U

Remember, empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of another (having shared a similar experience) and sympathy is a feeling of sorrow for someone else's misfortune (due to a situation you have not experienced).

Read more about the difference between empathy and sympathy.

Video Summarizing IKTF

Here's a short video explaining how to use IKTF:

Summary of Key Points

"I Know the Feeling" is the most common definition for IKTF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Know the Feeling
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for IKTF

When I write IKTF, I mean this:

meaning of IKTF
"I can fully empathize with you."


Examples of IKTF in Sentences

Here is an example of IKTF being used in a sentence:
  • Tony: There is too much month left at the end of the money!
  • Jordan: IKTF.

An Academic Look at IKTF

IKTF is nearly always used as a standalone declarative sentence. In other words, it is not used as a part of speech within a sentence.

Of note, IKTF is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Kay Tee Eff). Of note, initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have written something like "I can empathize with you entirely" instead of IKTF.

Example of IKTF Used in a Text


See Also

IKHYF (I know how you feel) IKM (I know, man) IKWUM (I know what you mean) IKWYM (I know what you mean) U_period_U (expressing sympathy) GOMEN (sorry) ISS (I'm so sorry) SBT (sorry 'bout that) SIDK (sorry, I didn't know) SOZ (sorry) SRY (sorry) Using the currency symbols