“IKR?!” Does this online expression confuse you? You’re not alone. Lots of people who speak Internet slang don’t know where it comes from, nor do they know the correct way to use it in conversation.
The truth is, most of us don’t know what “IKR” really means until we have a clear definition to reference. On top of that, it seems like there are more uses for the expression than any one person could count.
This is a question that gets asked a lot by those who participate in social media or text messaging. If you are wondering what IKR is, you’re not alone. We explain what the acronym means and how to use it properly.
What Does It Mean?
Ikr is a popular internet slang that you often see on social media and teenagers sending one-on-one texts or chatting online.
Ikr is an acronym you often see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even in your texting. It stands for “I Know, Right?” and is a natural part of conversations as it’s basically just a statement you agree with.
The most common context in which “IKR” is used online is to acknowledge an ironic statement meant to be taken ironically.
How To Use Ikr?
Ikr can be used to convey many different sorts of feelings, from a sort of relief that someone agrees with your disbelief about something, to just strongly agreeing with someone or showing that you understand their strong feeling about something.
For instance, imagine that you’re on vacation and get terrible food poisoning the first night there. You know you should leave the next day but struggle with the decision until your partner says “Ikr man!”.
At this point, if you decide to leave, you can be sure that your partner has already made up their mind and doesn’t expect to hear any more of your doubts about leaving!
What Do You Reply To After Ikr?
Here are some possible responses to Ikr:
- Haha, right?
- Haha, yep!
- Yeah, for sure
Where Did It Come From?
The “Valley girl” stereotype first emerged in the 1980s. The “Valley girls” were a social group of teenage girls who lived in Southern California and spoke a certain way.
They became caricatures of teenage girls and were constantly the subject of jokes and ridicule, but it was difficult to pinpoint exactly what made them different from other teenage girls. The problem wasn’t that they spoke with an accent, but more so with the way they used language.
However, as linguists now know, there is no certain way to speak with an accent when you’re not actually from that place. Valley girls didn’t really have an exact language pattern they used; they just used slang differently than most teenagers.
The phrase gained popularity in 2004 when it was included in the movie, ‘Mean Girls’. Since then it has grown increasingly popular.
Is Ikr rude?
From a native English speaker, this sounds a little rude. However, I believe it’s context-dependent (like most other things in language). If you’re an enthusiastic teenager who is so excited about something that the ‘greatness’ of it all escapes you in amazement, then it may be great for you to say “I know, right!”.
As for me, I’m not much of an enthusiastic teen anymore (I wish) and had never been one when I first used this type of dialogue. But somehow, I ended up using that anyway sometimes.