What Does EBCAK Mean?

EBCAK (Error Between Chair and Keyboard) is used to highlight a mistake by a computer user (as opposed to a software or hardware fault). An EBCAK is usually a basic mistake, such as pressing the wrong button or typing the wrong word.

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When I write EBCAK, I mean this:

meaning of EBCAK

EBCAK is a common way of saying "user error."

Summary of Key Points

"Error Between Chair and Keyboard" is the most common definition for EBCAK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Error Between Chair and Keyboard
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of EBCAK in Sentences

Here is an example of EBCAK being used in a conversation:
  • Charlie: I note you put 10 Euros in my account and not 110 Euros.
  • Jordan: Ah, sorry EBCAK.

An Academic Look at EBCAK

EBCAK is typically used as a noun (i.e., a naming word). For example:
  • That was an EBCAK.
  • (Here, EBCAK is being used as a noun.)
When EBCAK is expanded, it is a noun phrase based on the common noun Error. The remainder of the words are a prepositional phrase that modify Error.

Of note, EBCAK is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Many a slip 'twix cup and lip" instead of EBCAK. (This saying also denotes that things can go wrong in the final moments.)

Example of EBCAK Used in a Text


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