What Does ATQ Mean in a Text?

ATQ means "Answer The Question."

The abbreviation ATQ is typically used with the meaning "Answer The Question" as a demand for a straight answer. The use of ATQ usually implies impatience or anger on the part of the sender.

ATQ is has the same meaning as JATQ (Just Answer The Question) , but is less forthright than ATFQ (Answer The F*cking Question).

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When I write ATQ, I mean this:

meaning of ATQ

ATQ is not normally a request for information.

Summary of Key Points

"Answer the Question" is the most common definition for ATQ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Answer the Question
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ATQ in Sentences

Here are examples of ATQ being used in conversations:
  • Prince Hamlet: ATQ! To be, or not to be?
  • Every Man in the World: ATQ. Does size matter?

An Academic Look at ATQ

ATQ is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order), with the meaning "Answer The Question." In text-based conversations it is commonly seen without an exclamation mark. In other words, it can be written as ATQ! or just ATQ.

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ay Tee Kew"), ATQ is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Answer The Question" or something like "Tell Me!" instead of using ATQ.

Example of ATQ Used in a Text

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