What Does PEBKAC Mean in a Text?

PEBKAC means "Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair." PEBKAC is another way of saying "human error." It is typically used by IT professionals to declare that the software and hardware are all working fine, but the operator (i.e., the user) is a fool.

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When I write PEBKAC, I mean this:

meaning of PEBKAC

PEBKAC means "human error."

Summary of Key Points

"Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair" is the most common definition for PEBKAC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of PEBKAC in Sentences

Here are examples of PEBKAC being used in conversations:
  • Charlie: I can't get my PC to run Windows Updates.
  • Jordan: PEBKAC
  • (In other words: "It is the user's fault. The PC is fine.")
  • Charlie: The disk won't eject from the computer!
  • Jordan: PEBKAC
  • (In other words: "It is not the disk or computer that is the problem. It is you.")

An Academic Look at PEBKAC

PEBKAC is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement), which translates best as "The problem exists between the keyboard and the chair." Occasionally PEBKAC is used like a noun or an adjective. For example:
  • It looks like we have a PEBKAC in the newsroom. Can you go and see what they are doing wrong?
  • (Here, PEBKAC is a noun.)
  • It's definitely a PEBKAC situation.
  • (Here, PEBKAC is an adjective.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "human error" or instead of PEBKAC.

Example of PEBKAC Used in a Text

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