What does WDYM mean?
WDYM means what do you mean. It could also mean what did you mean.
On this page:
- Where is WDYM used?
- How is WDYM used?
- Example Uses of WDYM
- Who uses WDYM?
- History of WDYM
- Other Definitions of WDYM
WDYM is an initialism that is used exclusively online, usually in a conversation between two or more people. Unlike many initialisms and slang terms which are used as statements, WDYM is always posed as a question: “what do you mean?”.
Where is WDYM used?
WDYM is used exclusively online on platforms that allow users to talk to each other, like Facebook (chat), Instagram (DMs, comments), Twitter (threads and responses), Reddit, etc. It is also used during conversations in text messages.
WDYM is used on the follow platforms and places:
- online conversation
- Facebook Messenger
How is WDYM used?
It is typically used between people who are chatting when one person is unclear on what another person means. Instead of asking them “what do you mean?”, you can simply type “WDYM?” and hopefully receive a sufficiently enlightening response.
Do people say WDYM out loud?
No – it actually takes longer to say the initialism than it does to say “what do you mean”.
Example Uses of WDYM
Someone was told to help someone else out, but they're not exactly sure what helping someone else out means.
A kid cleaned their room, but perhaps it is still not clean enough for their parent who just told them to clean it again.On Discord:
WDYM I can't buy it? I bought one yesterday...
Someone hears that they can't buy something despite just buying that thing.On Facebook Messenger:
Come over? WDYM? Where do you even live?
Person A tells person B to come over, but person B doesn't know where person A lives.On Snapchat:
No trespassing? WDYM?
Someone posts a photo of them standing behind a no trespassing sign.On Reddit:
This isn't a good title for the thread? WDYM? I think it's great!
Someone is told that the title of their post isn't good, but they don't understand why.On Twitter:
WDYM follow you? I already follow you!
Person A is told to follow person B on Twitter, but they already follow person B.
Who uses WDYM?
WDYM seems to be used more often by younger people who grew up using internet slang, initialism and acronyms within online conversations.
In some parts of the internet, people will avoid the use of initialisms and instead use the full phrase as a matter of formality.
History of WDYM
Rise in Popularity
It wasn’t until 2015-2016 that WDYM really began increasing in popularity. We’re not exactly sure why, but it could be attributed to the increase in popularity of platforms such as Discord that allow people to chat with each other in a very informal manner.
Interestingly, it has not really declined in popularity yet, which suggests there are many people who continue to encounter the initialism for their first time.
What was used before WDYM?
Before the initialism was used, people would just use “what do you mean”.
Other Definitions of WDYM
WDYM can also mean:
- what did you mean
what did you mean
Basically the same thing, but in the past tense.