What Does 304 Mean?

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304 means "prostitute" or "promiscuous woman." It is widely used in chat and on social media to refer to a woman who works as a prostitute. By extension, it is sometimes used to refer to any woman considered to be sexually or emotionally promiscuous. The use of 304 is based on the fact that when the number is typed into a digital calculator and read upside down, it looks like the word "hoe," which is shorthand for whore (a synonym of prostitute).

Especially on TikTok, 304 is not considered a derogatory term. Many women working as prostitutes post with the hashtag #304 and talk about their working lives. For example:
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304 can be considered algospeak (i.e., the changing of words to avoid automated content moderation), similar to accountant (another coded term for sex worker).

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When I write 304, I mean this:

meaning of 304

When viewed upside down on a calculator, 304 looks like "hoe."

Summary of Key Points

"Prostitute or Promiscuous Woman" is the most common definition for 304 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Prostitute or Promiscuous Woman
Type:Internet Slang Term
Guessability:guessability level 5

5: Extremely difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at 304

304 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").

Example of 304 Used in a Text

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