What Does PS Mean in a Text?

The abbreviation PS usually means "Post Script." It can also mean "Photoshop," "PlayStation," and "Pointless Sh*t." Here is more information about each of these definitions, together with examples of use.

Post Script

PS is widely used with the meaning "Post Script." It comes from the Latin "postscriptum," which means "written after." In this context, a PS is usually an additional thought added to letters or messages after they have been completed. However, a PS is also often used to add a reminder, make a joke, or to add emphasis to something that may have already been included in the message. For example:
  • PS I love you.
  • PS I was going to send you $20, but I forgot until I had already sealed the envelope.
  • PS If you do decide to rat on me to Sam, I will never give you your sneakers back.


PS is also used to refer to "Adobe Photoshop," which is the most popular photo editing and manipulation software on the market. In this context, PS is often used to refer to any editing that has been done to an image of a person to make them appear more attractive, whether or not it has been done with the actual Adobe program. For example:
  • Sam: They look 10-years younger and 20-pounds lighter in that photo.
  • Jo: It's amazing what you can do with PS!


Especially amongst fans of video gaming, PS is used with the meaning "Playstation" to refer to the Sony game console.

Pointless Sh*t

PS is also used with the meaning "Pointless Sh*t" to refer to anything of little or no value. For example:
  • Ricki: Did you finish the homework?.
  • Lee: Homework? I don't do that PS.

Video Summarizing PS

Here's a short video explaining how to use PS:

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When I write PS, I mean this:

meaning of PS

PS also means "Post Script," "Photoshop," and "Pointless Sh*t."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of PS

"Post Script" is the most common definition for PS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Post Script
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of PS

"Photoshop" is another common definition for PS.
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition of PS

"PlayStation" is a common definition for PS in gaming circles.
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Fourth Definition of PS

PS also means "Pointless Sh*t."
Definition:Pointless Sh*t.
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at PS

PS is classified as an initialism abbreviation because it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Pee Ess"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

According to writing conventions in the US, when used with the meaning "Post Script," PS should be written with periods, i.e., "P.S." According to British convention it is written as "PS". Regardless of convention, for purposes of brevity in text-based messaging, punctuation such as periods, as well as exclamation marks and question marks are usually omitted.

When used with the meaning "Photoshop," PS is often used as a verb (i.e., a "doing word") in place of the word "edit." For example:
  • I look terrible in that photo, but I can PS it and I will look as lovely as ever.
  • Here, PS is being used as a verb in the present tense.
  • All of those photos are PSd to make you want to buy that sh*t they are promoting.
  • Here PS is being used as the past participle.

Example of PS Used in a Text

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