WHITETSPLAIN means "A White Person Condescendingly Explaining Racial Issues to a Member of an Ethnic Minority."

The term WHITETSPLAIN is widely used on social media and in the mainstream press to describe a white person condescendingly, unnecessarily and often incorrectly, explaining racial issues to member of an ethnic community.

WHITETSPLAIN is a combination of the words "White" and "Explain." It was inspired by the term Mansplain, which has also given rise to an ever-growing list of similar terms, including:
  • Gaysplain - A gay person condescendingly explaining gay issues.
  • Grammarsplain - A grammar enthusiast condescendingly explaining the intricacies of grammar (especially to a language teacher).
  • Journosplain - A journalist condescendingly explaining a complicated issue to a subject matter expert (e.g., a scientist).
  • Queersplain - A queer person condescendingly explaining queer issues.

Summary of Key Points

"A White Person Condescendingly Explaining Racial Issues to a Member of an Ethnic Minority" is the most common definition for WHITETSPLAIN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:A White Person Condescendingly Explaining Racial Issues to a Member of an Ethnic Minority
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at WHITETSPLAIN

As it is formed by merging two words into one, WHITETSPLAIN is a portmanteau word. It is a combination of the words White and Explain.

WHITETSPLAIN is also a neologism (i.e., a newly coined word or term which has emerged into everyday usage). Some neologisms are formally accepted into mainstream language (at which point, they cease to be neologisms), and some wither until they can longer be considered everyday terms. A neologism can be:
  • A completely new word (e.g., oversharers).
  • A new combination of existing words (e.g., digital detox).
  • A new meaning for an existing word (e.g., sick).

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See Also

BECKY (pejorative term for a white woman) BROFLAKE (hypersensitive white male) DIET-SPLAIN (a devotee of a particular diet condescendingly explaining the "scientifically-proven benefits" of their way of eating) DIGITAL BLACKFACE (use of bame memes by white people) FIT-SPLAIN (a gym or fitness class member condescendingly explaining fitness training) KAREN (pejorative term for a white woman) KEN (pejorative term for a white male, know (Scottish)) SPLAIN (to explain (especially to explain something in a condescending manner)) STRAIGHT-SPLAIN (a straight person explaining LGBT issues to a gay person) TRUMP-SPLAIN (a supporter of former president Trump defending his record)