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Meaning of YK

What Does YK Mean?

YK (You're Kidding) is an exclamation to show strong emotion (e.g., joy, surprise, disbelief, disgust). YK is typically used to respond to a shocking message, but it can also be used to start a conversation, in which case it carries the connotation of "You'll never guess what I've just learned."
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Definition for YK

YK means "You're Kidding!". This is the most common definition for YK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about YK:

Definition:You're Kidding!
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write YK, I mean this:

meaning of YK

Examples of YK in Sentences

Here are examples of YK being used in conversations:
  • Person A: Alan has been given the boot.
  • Person B: YK?
  • (Here, YK is used as a response.)
  • Person A: YK?
  • Person B: What?
  • Person A: Alan has been given the boot.
  • (Here, YK is used to initiate a conversation.)

An Academic Look at YK

YK can be used as an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question) or a declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). (It is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.) Even though YK is often spoken like a question or an exclamation, when used online it is not always followed by a question mark or an exclamation mark.

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

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "You're having me on, right?" or "Jeepers" instead of YK.

A Text with YK

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


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