What does ‘can I get a hoya’ mean on TikTok?

This popular Vine challenge is making a comeback. Can I get a hoya? 

Back in 2015, you may have been inundated with the phrase, “can I get a hoya?” to no end. The absurd call and response trend has now weaseled its way onto TikTok. Now people can’t stop shouting it to each other — even in the most inappropriate of times. 

What does “can I get a hoya?” mean

In 2015, a Viner posted a video where one person shouted, “can I get a hoya?” (meaning, “can I get an oh yeah?”). Then another person jumped from the top of the stairs onto a mattress screaming, “hoya!” The jumper stood up and said, “yaaaah.” 

Soon after, “can I get a hoya?” caught on. People started to share clips of themselves saying the disruptive phrase in public places. Sometimes people would respond “hoya,” but most of the time no one had any idea what was going. 

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In 2017, YouTuber stephpuppychan went viral for shouting it at shopping stores, museums, the subway, parks and even to squirrels. 

The “can I get hoya?” challenge on TikTok

In 2021, the viral phrase returned on social media. Now TikTokers have embraced the six-year-old Vine meme. The hashtag #hoya has over 178.4 million views on TikTok. 

The user @b.mitchell23 asked, “can I get a hoya?” over the radio system of his boat during the 2021 Jonesport Boat Races. Some were eager to radio in, “hoya” but another racer told him to “cut it the f*** out.” 

Meanwhile, @priece23 managed to get a crowded movie theater to show “hoya” with him. 

But @typsich.dani really took the cake when she got her infant to ask her for a hoya. 

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