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TikTok slang explained: FYP, POV, PFP – What do they mean?

Published: 9/May/2022 16:36

by Georgina Smith

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TikTok has countless slang terms and acronyms that are used throughout the app, from POV to FYP and PFP — so here are the explanations for the most used TikTok slang.

While TikTok has been around since 2016, the past year has undoubtedly been the best yet for the video-based social media app, with internet users flocking to the platform to share funny videos, tips, and tricks, and to join in on the latest trends.

But if you’ve scrolled through TikTok for any period of time, you’ve more than likely encountered a few words or acronyms for which you don’t know the meaning. Some of these are specific to TikTok, and others are commonly used terms used on the internet more broadly.

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Here are some of the most popular terms used on TikTok.


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TikTok has become a hub for all sorts of viral trends.

TikTok slang explained:

From CEO to accountant and ASL on TikTok, here’s a detailed breakdown of all the slang you’re likely to come across in the app.

What does POV mean on TikTok

POV stands for ‘Point Of View’ and refers to a trend in which the video shows the viewer’s point of view of a certain situation.

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@addisonrePOV he tells you he just wants to be friends so you pretend that’s what you want too♬ Dont wanna fall in love by Kyle – 🕷Daycore ver.🕷

People use this TikTok format to make funny and relatable content, and while this trend often takes inspiration from regular daily life, some choose to make their version bizarrely specific or nonsensical.

What does FYP mean on TikTok?

FYP stands for the ‘For You Page,’ and refers to the tab you first see upon launching the app. As the name suggests, your FYP is tailored to you, and the clever algorithm on the app picks up on what you’re interested in, using that information to suggest more relevant content.

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If you upload a video to TikTok and someone comments ‘FYP,’ it means that you managed to make it to their feed, and is a common way to inform people that their video is being seen by others.

What does PFP mean?

This one is not just used on TikTok, but on many other social media platforms including Twitter. It stands for ‘Profile Picture,’ and many will use it to refer to whatever someone has set as their icon on the app.

Trends like the Lana Cult and the Hamster Cult utilized PFPs to spread the trend further across the app, and help connect with other participants.

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What does CEO mean?

CEO is a term that has of course pre-dated TikTok, meaning Chief Executive Officer, but thanks to social media the term has taken on new meaning. To be the CEO of something means that you are the best at the thing in question, and is generally meant as a compliment. However, it can also be used in a sarcastic way.

What does accountant mean on TikTok?

The term ‘accountant’ blew up after user Rocky Paterra uploaded a video in which he explained via a catchy song why he prefers to tell people he’s an accountant rather than explain he’s a “struggling actor.”

This sound was then used by people with various other hard-to-explain jobs, particularly for creators who make mature content.

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What does ion mean?

‘Ion’ is often used as a contraction of ‘I don’t,’ however when used as the acronym ‘ION,’ it can also mean ‘In Other News.’

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TikTok has a whole host of common slang terms, both new and old.

However, the former meaning is generally more common on social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok.

What does asl mean?

‘Asl’ is another slightly confusing term in the sense that it has several different meanings. The first is of course the acronym for ‘American Sign Language,’ and the second is another acronym that means ‘age, sex, location.’

However, many social media users are now using ‘asl’ as a contraction of the phrase, ‘as hell.’

What does mid mean?

‘Mid’ on TikTok is used as a way to describe something as unimpressive, mediocre, or of poor quality. The term was popularized on the app after a video of pro wrestler Maxwell Jacob Friedman went viral, with him saying: “It’s called the Midwest, because every single thing in it is mid.”

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What does Pushin P mean?

Pushin P is a popular phrase in the Bay Area and Texas that was recently popularized by Atlanta rapper Gunna.

Gunna explained that the ‘P’ stands for ‘player,’ although it can also stand for ‘paper.’ The term essentially means to ‘keep it real.’

“Risking your life to feed your family is P,” he explained in a series of Tweets. “Putting your people in position is P. Jumping in a person’s beef or situation when you don’t know what’s going on? Not P.”

What does AS mean?

On TikTok, AS can refer to the TV programming block Adult Swim, which became part of a huge trend back in 2021. Users were going viral making their own trailers or ‘bumps’ inspired by the network, with the [as] logo featured in a subtle way somewhere in the shot.

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@blackquarterzip #vano3000 #adultswim ♬ Running Away – VANO 3000 & BADBADNOTGOOD & Samuel T. Herring

What does SA mean on TikTok?

SA on TikTok often refers to ‘sexual assault,’ and the acronym is used as a way to prevent content potentially being flagged, and sometimes in order to remain sensitive about difficult topics.

What does NP mean on TikTok?

The most common usage of NP is ‘no problem,’ and is a term used not only on TikTok but other platforms as well, usually in conversations with others. You may see this pop up frequently in comment threads and replies.

What does RMP mean on TikTok?

While RMP can have several different meanings, it is sometimes used to refer to the website ‘Rate My Professor,’ which as the name suggests, allows students to rate their teachers online.

RMP can also mean ‘remind me please’ or ‘read my profile,’ but which meaning it is will entirely depend on the context.

What does the chair emoji mean on TikTok?

The chair emoji took on a new meaning in 2021 after TikTok user Anthony Mai decided to create a TikTok-wide inside joke by telling people to use the chair emoji in place of the laughing emoji.

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The chair emoji completely took over TikTok.

The trend became a huge phenomenon, and successfully confused thousands as people regularly started using the chair emoji in comment sections across the whole app.

What does moots mean on TikTok?

‘Moots’ is an abbreviation of the word ‘mutuals’ and refers to a person that you follow that also follows you back. This term is very popular on TikTok, but is not exclusive to the platform, with the word also being hugely popular over on Twitter.

What does ‘W’ mean on TikTok?

When used alone, the letter ‘W’ often stands for the word ‘win’ or ‘winner.’ It is usually used to compliment something or someone, and can be a way to congratulate people on their life ‘wins.’

What does ‘L’ mean on TikTok?

The opposite to ‘W’, when used on its own, L usually stands for ‘lose’ or ‘loser.’ People often use it to comment on people’s fails, and can be seen in comments sections across not just TikTok, but YouTube, Twitter, and more.

What does /srs mean on TikTok?

When used after a forward slash, the term ‘/srs’ means ‘serious,’ and is one of the many tone indicators which are used widely across the internet. Tone indicators are generally used at the end of a message or comment to clarify the meaning or intent of the statement.

Other tone indicators include:

  • /s — sarcasm
  • /pos — positive
  • /neg — negative
  • /g — genuine
  • /j — joke
  • /lh — lighthearted
  • /nm — not mad
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Owned by ByteDance, TikTok has become a hub for viral video content.

What does storytime mean on TikTok?

A storytime refers to a style of video, often on TikTok or YouTube, in which the creator will recount a bizarre or interesting story from their life for viewers.

Particularly on TikTok, people will often request a storytime from a user if they want more context behind an interesting clip, or if they reference a bigger story as part of a trend. The phrase even became a comment meme in 2022, with people flooding every comment section they could with requests for storytimes, regardless of whether or not it was relevant.

What does crop mean on TikTok?

Asking someone to crop something on TikTok means that you want them to reupload a video or image they have posted at a size where it is not obscured by the buttons surrounding the video. This allows people to screenshot or screen record the content so they can save it to their camera roll.


So there you have it – all of TikTok’s slang explained, from ‘mid’ to POV and FYP.

TikTok culture is constantly growing and changing, and there’ll be new slang and terminology that will rise in popularity as more users join the popular app.