What Does 182 Mean?

182 is a cyber term which is typically used with the meaning "I Hate You" to express feelings of intense dislike. However, 182 can also be used ironically. In such cases it is often used in response to someone's good fortune, expressing good-natured jealousy rather than actual dislike. For example:
  • Sam: It's not you, it's me.
  • Jo: 182. You have wasted my life.
  • (Here, 182 expresses genuine dislike.)
  • Toni: Dave sent me 12 roses and a giant panda for Valentine's Day!
  • Jordan: 182! All I got was a measly card.
  • (Here, 182 expresses good-natured jealousy.)
182 uses the number 1 to represent "I" and the sounds of the numbers 8 and 2 to replace the words "hate" and you.

Other ways of saying "I Hate You" include:

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When I write 182, I mean this: meaning of 182 182 may also be used ironically.

Summary of Key Points

"I Hate You" is the most common definition for 182 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Hate You
Type:Cyber Term
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


Examples of 182 in Sentences

Here are examples of 182 being used in conversations:
  • Bill: Want to grab a beer after work tonight?
  • Sam: I can't.
  • Bill: Why not?
  • Sam: Because 182.
  • 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.

An Academic Look at 182

182 is defined as a cyber term, because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write the word, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality.

Cyber terms differ from emoticons because they are not pictorial representations.

"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.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I Hate You" or something like "I Really Don't Like You" instead of using 182.

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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