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. 

In The Know is now available on Apple News — follow us here!

If you enjoyed this story, read about how weight loss and dieting can lead to eating disorders and other harmful habits.

More from In The Know:

TikTokers are dancing with their bellies out to promote body acceptance

Tabria Majors’ swimsuit collection is sexy liberation for plus-size people

TikTok trend has women sharing their exact measurements to combat body dysmorphia

6 plus-size jeans that hit every curve of your body

Listen to the latest episode of our pop culture podcast, We Should Talk: