What Does RUKM Mean in a Text?

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RUKM means "Are You Kidding Me?".

The abbreviation RUKM is used with the meaning "Are You Kidding Me?" as an exclamation that usually displays a strong emotion, such as joy, surprise, anger or disgust, usually accompanied by disbelief (which may be genuine, but is often feigned). RUKM can also be used to express scepticism, either profound or mild.

The phrase "Are You Kidding Me?" is also abbreviated as AYKM. Abbreviations with similar meanings include: The word "kidding" seems to originate from the phrase "To make a kid of" (i.e., to exploit a childlike innocence in someone).

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meaning of RUKM

RUKM can express everything from genuine disbelief to mild scepticism.

Summary of Key Points

"Are You Kidding Me?" is the most common definition for RUKM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Are You Kidding Me?
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of RUKM in Sentences

Here are examples of RUKM being used in conversations:
  • Ian: He says that they didn't interfere and, even if they did, it didn't make a difference and, even if it made a difference, he would have won anyway.
  • Claire: RUKM?
  • Diane: The Eagles are going to win the Super Bowl again this year.
  • Frank: RUKM?! They've got no chance!

An Academic Look at RUKM

RUKM plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question), but it is commonly seen without a question mark. It can be written "RUKM?" or "RUKM".

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Arr Yoo Kay Em"), RUKM is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Are You Kidding Me?", or something like "Are You Joking?" instead of using the abbreviation RUKM.

Example of RUKM Used in a Text

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