TikTok has exploded in popularity over the last year, and countless new slang terms and acronyms have been generated as a result of that. Here are the explanations for some of the most used TikTok lingo.
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 app 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 that you don’t know the meaning of. Some of these are specific to TikTok, and others are commonly used terms used on the internet more broadly, which also applies to the video-sharing app.
Here are some of the most popular terms used on TikTok.
What does FYP mean on TikTok?
FYP stands for ‘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.
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.
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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 POV mean?
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.
POV he tells you he just wants to be friends so you pretend that’s what you want too
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 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.
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.’
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.’
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.