What Does OJ Mean in a Text?

OJ means "Only Joking." "Only Joking" is used after a comment to let the recipient know it was meant only in jest. Often, however, OJ is used to take the edge of a truthful comment. For example:
  • Mark: Your boyfriend is starting to get fat.
  • Sarah: What?
  • Mark: Hey, OJ.
In text speak, OJ is the equivalent of a wink after a statement.

Of course, OJ can also mean OJ Simpson (US football and film star) or Orange Juice, but in online chatrooms, it most commonly means Only Joking.

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When I write OJ, I mean this:

meaning of OJ

A wink can mean "Only Joking."

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of OJ in Sentences

Here are examples of OJ being used in conversations:
  • Lisa: I've got a date with Ed Sheeran tonight.
  • Michelle: Let me guess. You're OJ right?
  • Martin: Why have you been telling everyone I'm stupid?
  • Stan: Take some air. I was OJ, mate.

An Academic Look at OJ

OJ is typically used like a declarative sentence with the meaning "I am only joking." It is rarely used as a part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I'm just joshing" or "I'm just pulling your leg" instead of OJ.

Example of OJ Used in a Text

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