What Does GSOH Mean in a Text?

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GSOH means "Good Sense of Humor" or "Good Salary, Own Home."

The abbreviation GSOH is widely used on dating sites and in personal ads with a couple of meanings. Most often it means "Good Sense of Humor." However, it can also mean "Good Salary, Own Home."

The (relatively) recent emergence of this latter definition of GSOH has led to some confusion. The context of usage may indicate the intended meaning, but sometimes it may be necessary to ask for clarification. Nowadays, other than in personal ads that are paid for by the word, these terms are increasingly written in full to avoid this mix up. Confusion can also be avoided by using the abbreviation GSH for "Good Sense of Humor."

Here's a little more detail about each definition of GSOH.

Good Sense of Humor

When used with this meaning, GSOH indicates that the user considers themselves to be witty and entertaining. However, experienced users of dating sites will tell you that a claim of a "Good Sense of Humor" is actually very subjective. In reality, as there is no objective measure of such a trait, it actually offers no clue as to the poster's real character.

Good Salary, Own Home

When used with this meaning, GSOH simply indicates that the poster is in a good job and owns their own home.

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meaning of GSOH

GSOH also means "Good Salary, Own Home."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for GSOH

GSOH means "Good Sense of Humor." This is the most common definition for GSOH on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and, as well as in texts and on adult chat forums.
Definition:Good Sense of Humor
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for GSOH

GSOH also means "Good Salary, Own Home."
Definition:Good Salary, Own Home
Guessability:guessability level 3
4: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of GSOH in Sentences

Here is an example of GSOH being used in a sentence:
  • Slim man 40 GSOH seeks single lady 35-40 for nights out and nights in.
  • (In this example of a personal ad, it is impossible to know if the poster means "Good Sense of Humor" or "Good Salary, Own Home.")

An Academic Look at GSOH

GSOH is typically seen as an entry in list of personal attributes. When used in a complete sentence with the meaning "Good Sense of Humor," GSOH is used like a noun. When the term is expanded, it is a noun phrase based on the common noun Sense. The word Good and the prepositional phrase Of Humor serve as adjectives modifying the noun Sense.

When used with the meaning "Good Salary, Own Home," GSOH is used like a compound sentence, with the meaning "I get a good salary, and I have my own home" (i.e., it is not used as a part of speech within a wider sentence).

GSOH is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Gee Ess Oh Aich"). (Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of the abbreviation GSOH long pre-dates the digital era.

Example of GSOH Used in a Text

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