What Does IWIK Mean in a Text?

IWIK means "I Wish I Knew." I wish I knew is a response to a question. It can carry one of the following connotations:
  • I'm not going to do your research for you.
  • I wasn't included in the original conversation, so don't ask me.
  • I'm not that well informed.
  • How am I supposed to know?
  • Who actually knows?

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When I write IWIK, I mean this:

meaning of IWIK

The term "I wish I knew" (IWIK) is often used to shut down a request for information. When used in this way, it really means "I'm not doing your research for you."

Summary of Key Points

"I Wish I Knew" is the most common definition for IWIK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Wish I Knew
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of IWIK in Sentences

Here are examples of IWIK being used in conversations:
  • Tony: What is the answer to question 6?
  • Jordan: IWIK.
  • Tony: What did Sarah say to John?
  • Jordan: IWIK.
  • Tony: When will these problems end?
  • Jordan: IWIK.

An Academic Look at IWIK

IWIK is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, it is not used as a part of speech in a wider sentence.

Of note, IWIK is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., I Dublyu I Kay), but as this is harder to say than "I wish I knew," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IWIK is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Example of IWIK Used in a Text

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