What Does ASDFGHJKL Mean in a Text?

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When used in chat, the string of letter ASDFGHJKL (more often typed "asdfghjkl") is used to represent intense emotion. It can be used to convey excitement, frustration, a feeling of being overwhelmed, or just indicate a random burst of energy. Essentially, when someone types "asdfghjkl," they might be at a loss for words, feeling a surge of emotions, or reacting to something unexpected. They are metaphorically smashing their keyboard. For example:

  • Robyn: I'm gonna be home for the weekend.
  • Freddie: asdfghjkl. I can't wait to see you!
  • Sam: I'm seeing someone else.
  • Jo: asdfghjkl! You wait until the night before the wedding to tell me that!
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The letters asdfghjkl are the sequence of the keys on the middle row of a standard QWERTY keyboard, They are typed by running a finger over the keys from left to right. The second row of the "QWERTY" keyboard is known as the "home row," as that is where the four fingers of each hand return to as a base. Those of the left hand rest on the letters A, S, D, and F, while those of the right hand rest on H, J, K, and L.

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When I write ASDFGHJKL, I mean this:

meaning of asdfghjkl

ASDFGHJKL conveys intense emotion, such as frustration or excitement.

Video Summarizing ASDFGHJKL

Here's a short video explaining how ASDFGHJKL is used:

Summary of Key Points

"Frustration" or "excitement" is the most common definition for ASDFGHJKL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is some more information about ASDFGHJKL:
Definition:Intense Emotion, Such As Frustration Or Excitement
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

An Academic Look at ASDFGHJKL

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ASDFGHJKL is used as an interjection. An interjection is a part of speech that expresses a sudden emotion or sentiment and is typically set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point, or by a comma when the feeling is not as strong. Interjections are often one or a few words that can stand alone or be incorporated into sentences. Examples include "Wow!", "Oh no!", "Hey!", and "Ugh." They can convey a wide range of emotions, from surprise and excitement to disgust and disappointment. Interjections do not grammatically link to other parts of a sentence, serving mainly to express the speaker's immediate reaction or feelings.

Example of asdfghjkl Used in a Text

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