What Does HAISTK Mean in a Text?

HAISTK means "How Am I Supposed To Know?". The abbreviation HAISTK is a belligerent response to a question deemed to be unreasonable. It tells whoever has asked for information that you think they're being absurd by expecting you to know the answer.

A more deferential response would be to IHNI (I Have No Idea).

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When I write HAISTK, I mean this:

meaning of HAISTK

You really expect me to know?

Summary of Key Points

"How Am I Supposed To Know?" is the most common definition for HAISTK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:How Am I Supposed To Know?
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of HAISTK in Sentences

Here are examples of HAISTK being used in conversations:
  • Emily: What time is our holiday flight next year?
  • Cathy: What a ridiculous question. HAISTK?
  • Tony: Was God really a man?
  • Avita: HAISTK? I'm not a scientist or an historian, am I?

An Academic Look at HAISTK

HAISTK plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question), but it is commonly seen without a question mark. In other words, it can be written "HAISTK?" or "HAISTK".

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "How should I know?" instead of HAISTK.

Example of HAISTK Used in a Text

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