What Does RUS Mean in a Text?

RUS means "Are You Serious?".

The abbreviation RUS is typically used with the meaning "Are You Serious?" to express incredulity or to request confirmation of something that has been said. RUS often expresses anger or disbelief.

The phrase "Are You Serious?" is also abbreviated as AUS and AYS.

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When I write RUS, I mean this:

meaning of RUS

RUS often expresses incredulity.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of RUS in Sentences

Here are examples of RUS being used in conversations:
  • Clem: We will have to work this weekend, to get this project finished.
  • Simon: RUS?! It's my birthday!
  • (here, RUS expresses anger.)
  • Matt: I am going to quit and cycle around the world.
  • Nina: RUS? How will you pay the bills?
  • (Here RUS expresses incredulity.)

An Academic Look at RUS

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

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Arr Yoo Ess"), RUS 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 Serious?", or something like "Really?" instead of using the abbreviation RUS.

Example of RUS Used in a Text

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