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WYM Acronym: Definition, Meaning, and How to Use It

By Elisha Baba


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You’re watching a video on Instagram, and you notice the letter WYM, and aren’t sure what it means. WYM is an acronym often used in texting and in social media videos.

What does WYM mean?

“WYM” is an acronym for the words “What do you mean” and it is often used when someone is confused or wants another individual to elaborate on a subject. In pop culture, it can also be used as a term of surprise or shock.

WYM is used to shorten text messages or tweets on the social media platform Twitter. It is almost never used in person, and you will likely only see it online.


How to use WYM

  • “WYM you quit?”
  • “What? WYM?”
  • “WYM she said she was done?”
  • “I know WYM.”
  • WYM can be used as a term of shock all on its own in response to a comment or story of an event.

Using WYM the right way

As far as acronyms go, there are very few rules for using WYM as long as you use it to convey shock or to ask someone to expand on a topic they mentioned.

WYM Variations

There aren’t any known variations of WYM, however, use it with caution, as it can sometimes be used as “watch your mouth” instead of “what do you mean” and is therefore not recommended for professional situations as the term can be confused.

To ensure your WYM is read correctly, always include context, or a question mark after it so the reader knows it is a question and not an insult.

Should you worry about your child using WYM?

WYM is a harmless texting term, and you shouldn’t worry if you see your son or daughter using it. However, you may want to check that your child is using WYM as “what do you mean” and not “watch your mouth” as this could be considered bullying if used improperly.