What Does PDOA Mean in a Text?

PDOA means "Public Display Of Affection." The abbreviation PDOA commonly refers to couples displaying affection in public places.

In countries where a "Public Display Of Affection" is allowed, activities such as holding hands or a brief kiss on the cheek would normally not attract attention. However, even in "permissive" societies, activities such as prolonged kissing on the lips or cuddling often provoke a negative reaction from passers-by (from slight discomfort to outright disgust).

Many countries ban PDOA of any sort and a breach of the law can result in fines and even imprisonment. (Affectionate travellers are advised to check local customs before visiting new places!)

"Public Display Of Affection" is also abbreviated as PDA.

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When I write PDOA, I mean this:

meaning of PDOA

Sometimes, no-one minds a PDOA.

Summary of Key Points

"Public Display Of Affection" is the most common definition for PDOA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Public Display Of Affection
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of PDOA in Sentences

Here are examples of PDOA being used in conversations:
  • Teen Boy 1: Ugh! My parents wouldn't leave each other alone in the restaurant.
  • Teen Boy 2: Gross! PDOA shouldn't be allowed for the over 40's.
  • Sian: How's your daughter's new boyfriend?
  • Anna: Okay. He's a little too keen on PDOA for my liking.

An Academic Look at PDOA

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Pee Dee Oh Aye"), PDOA is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

"Public Display Of Affection" is a noun phrase. A noun phrase is a phrase that plays the role of a noun. The head word in a noun phrase will be a noun or a pronoun. (In this case, the head word is the noun Affection.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Public Display Of Affection" instead of using the abbreviation PDOA.

Example of PDOA Used in a Text

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