What Does KIS Mean in a Text?

KIS means "Keep It Simple."

The abbreviation KIS is used with the meaning "Keep It Simple" as advice to avoid complicating a plan or as a negative response to a suggestion or offer.

KIS is a more polite version of the definition KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid).

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When I write KIS, I mean this:

meaning of KIS

KIS is often the best policy.

Summary of Key Points

"Keep It Simple" is the most common definition for KIS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Keep It Simple
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Here are examples of KIS being used in conversations:
  • Don: Should I go to the meeting and try to persuade him?
  • Paul: I say KIS. Just bomb them now, while they're not expecting it.
  • Waitress: Do you want mayo, sauce, pesto and pickle with your sandwich?
  • Customer: KIS. I'll just have it plain.

An Academic Look at KIS

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

KIS is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Even before the digital era, we would have said KIS (or, more likely, "KISS") with the meaning "Keep It Simple."

Example of KIS Used in a Text

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