What Does 182 Mean in a Text?

The Quick Answer

In a text, 182 usually means "I hate you." It is also often associated with the American rock band Blink-182.

I Hate You

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182 in a numeronym that is widely used with the meaning "I hate you." The number 1 represents the word "I" and the numbers 8 and 2 are phonetic representations of the words "hate" and "you." It can express feelings of intense dislike, but is often used jokingly. When used in a joking way, it is often employed in response to someone's good fortune, expressing good-natured jealousy rather than actual dislike. For example:

  • Sal: I can't believe you did that. 182!
  • Toni: Hating people takes too much energy. You should do as I do with you. I just pretend your dead.
  • (Here, it expresses genuine dislike.)
  • Toni: Lee sent me 12 roses and a giant panda for Valentine's Day!
  • Jordan: 182! All I got was a measly card.
  • (Here, it expresses good-natured jealousy.)
Other ways of saying "I hate you" include IH8U, IHU, and IHY.


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Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in Poway, California, in 1992. The band's classic lineup consists of Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals), Tom DeLonge (guitar, vocals), and Travis Barker (drums), though Scott Raynor was the original drummer before Barker joined in 1998. Blink-182 is known for their high-energy performances and a distinctive pop-punk sound that played a key role in the genre's mainstream success during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their music, often marked by catchy melodies, fast tempos, and lyrical themes of teenage angst and heartbreak, has influenced many modern pop-punk and alternative bands.

The band initially went by the name "Blink," but was forced to change it after discovering that an Irish band had already claimed the name. They added the number "182" randomly to avoid legal issues. The band members have mentioned that the number doesn't have any significant meaning, it was simply a quick fix that became iconic. However, there are various myths and stories about why they chose "182." The most enduring is that it is the number of times that Al Pacino's character say's "f*ck" in the movie Scarface.

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When I write 182, I mean this:

meaning of 182

182 may also refer to Blink-182.

Summary of Key Points for First Definition

"I Hate You" is, by far, the most common meaning for 182 when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:I Hate You
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Summary of Key Points for Second Definition

182 is also used to refer to Blink-182.
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at 182

182 is a numeronym, which is an abbreviation made up of just numbers or of letters and numbers. They can be formed in various ways, such as:
  • Shortening a word by replacing a sequence of letters with the count of those letters (e.g., i18n for "internationalization" and a11y for "accessibility").
  • Combining letters and numbers (e.g, K9 for "canine" and W3 for "World Wide Web").
  • Using numbers to represent letters or words (e.g., 143 for "I love you," 637 for "always and forever," and 5201314 for "I will love you for a lifetime").
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Numeronyms were used long before the digital era. Many of the early ones were written on the envelopes of letters between lovers. They were often a coded message between the sender and the recipient, thought to allow secret expressions of love or passion.

"I hate you" is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence. It is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of 182 Used in a Text

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