What does /p mean? The secret social media code isn’t exactly obvious

You may have seen the term “/P” used on social media, but the meaning of this new slang abbreviation isn’t so obvious. Here’s what you need to know. 

Gen Z has been using new a kind of shorthand to address tone. These are called “tone tags” or “tone indicators.” We’ve all had jokes, emails and messages fall flat because so much is lost in text. This is one way that Gen Z is working around the issue in hopes of making the online experience more inclusive. 

What does /P mean on Twitter? 

The term /P is a tone indicator that stands for “platonic.” It’s just a way for clarifying that you’re not being flirtatious or sexual while texting. It’s added to the end of a message after the traditional punctuation.

If you’re worried about coming across a certain way, a tone indicator can help clear things up for whoever is reading. 

The Twitter user @ENDERROSE came up with a handy list of a few which include /Li which means “literally” and /Gen which stands for “genuine question.” 

Tone indicators can also be helpful for people who are neurodivergent who aren’t always sure what other people mean. 

“Some neurodivergent people say they have trouble deciphering the subtle cues associated with sarcasm or flirtation, in particular, and are tone-indicator enthusiasts,” according to the New York Times. 

If you’re more interested in tone indicators there’s an entire site dedicated to curating them with a master list and more information. 

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