What Does IAD Mean in a Text?

IAD means "It All Depends." The abbreviation IAD typically expresses uncertainty when responding to a question and implies that the answer is contingent upon any number of variables. IAD can also be used to avoid giving a straight answer. For example:
  • Simon: Do you fancy a city break this weekend?
  • Colin: I'd love to, but IAD if I can get time off work and find someone to feed the cat.
  • (Here, IAD indicates that the answer depends on a number of variables.)
  • Police Officer: Sir, have you been drinking?
  • Driver: IAD on what you mean by drinking.
  • (Here, IAD is being used to avoid giving a straight answer.)

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When I write IAD, I mean this:

meaning of IAD

IAD on what you mean by "playing with" and "dirt."

Summary of Key Points

"It All Depends" is the most common definition for IAD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:It All Depends
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IAD in Sentences

Here are examples of IAD being used in conversations:
  • Kiera: Will she be happy about the deal?
  • Daisy: Maybe. IAD on what sort of mood she's in.
  • Alan: Want to dance?
  • Zac: IAD. Are you going to tread all over my feet again?

An Academic Look at IAD

IAD is an idiomatic phrase (i.e., it uses expressions that are natural to a native speaker).

IAD is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Ay Dee). However, it is not spoken using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IAD is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Maybe, maybe not" or "We will see" instead of using IAD.

Example of IAD Used in a Text

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