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What Does ION Mean?

As a word, an ION is an atom or molecule that has a net electrical charge. However, ION is used more widely on social media and in text-based messaging as a three-letter abbreviation with the meaning, "In Other News." It is also used as an abbreviation of the phrase "I Don't." The word ION features in the title of several online video games and is the name of a video game company. Here is a little more information about the use of the word ION online and in text messaging. (Below you can also find examples of the use of ION.)

In Other News

When used to mean "In Other News," ION is typically used as a segue into another topic. It is used when the sender wants to change the subject, usually because they are not interested in or want to avoid what is being discussed, or have some news that they want to share. ION is also used sarcastically, as a response to something that the sender considers blindingly obvious or ridiculous.

I Don't

ION is sometimes used as an abbreviation of the phrase "I Don't."

Online Video Gaming Term

ION is the name of a Swedish video game company. It also features in the name of a number of games, including, "ION: A Compound Building Game," (a card drafting game where players select from a number of available cards with the goal of creating sets of compounds and inert noble gases).

Summary of Key Points

First definition of ION

"In Other News" is the most common definition for ION on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
ION
Definition:In Other News
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second definition of ION

ION is also used to mean "I Don't."
ION
Definition:I Don't
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Third definition of ION

On gaming related apps such as Discord and TeamSpeak, ION usually refers to a video game or a video gaming company.
ION
Definition:Video Game or Gaming Company
Type:Word
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write ION, I mean this:

meaning of ION
ION usually means "In Other News" or "I Don't," or refers to a video game or gaming company.

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Examples of ION in Sentences

Here are examples of ION being used in conversations:
  • Sharon: How do you really feel about Jo?
  • Billy: He seems cool. ION, the new Avengers movie opens on Saturday. Want to go and see it?

  • (Here, ION is being used with the meaning "In Other News" as a way to change the subject. (Probably because Billy doesn't want to admit how strongly she feels about Jo.))
  • Sharon: I think Billy really fancies Jo.
  • Karen: ION, the sky is blue!

  • (Here, ION is being used sarcastically with the meaning "In Other News" and implies that Sharon's feelings for Jo are obvious.)
  • Karen: Why don't you just ask Jo out?
  • Billy: ION think he fancies me.

  • (Here, ION means "I Don't.")

An Academic Look at ION

When used with the meaning "In Other News," ION is classified as an initialism abbreviation, because it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Oh Enn"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

When used sarcastically with the meaning "In Other News," ION is an interjection. An interjection is included in a sentence to express a sentiment such as surprise, irritation, disgust, joy, excitement, or (as in this case) mock surprise.

Example of ION Used in a Text

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See Also

BNB (bad news bears) CNN (cable news network) NNTP (network news transfer protocol) SHARENTING (using social media to share news and images of children) TNTM (that's news to me) CCG (collectible card game) GFWL (games for Windows live) GGA (good game all)