What Does SIAP Mean in a Text?

SIAP means "Sorry If Already Posted."

The abbreviation SIAP is used with the meaning "Sorry If Already Posted" to apologize in advance for a post on social media which may have already been published by another user. SIAP is an acknowledgement that the post may have been published previously and acts an attempt to prevent readers pointing that out.

The use of SIAP can be quite contentious, as it is often used as an excuse for laziness (i.e., the user couldn't be bothered to check if the post had appeared before), or to keep a controversial meme running (e.g., SIAP is often used to keep racist propaganda in newsfeeds many years after they first appeared). Also, on many expert forums, the re-posting of memes or questions is often not acceptable and such infringements of the rules will not be forgiven just because the poster used SIAP.

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When I write SIAP, I mean this:

meaning of SIAP

SIAP often means "I couldn't be bothered to check."

Summary of Key Points

"Sorry If Already Posted" is the most common definition for SIAP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Sorry If Already Posted
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of SIAP in Sentences

Here are examples of SIAP being used in conversations:
  • User 1: SIAP, but can someone please tell me how to backup this data on a Galaxy S8?
  • User 2: Read the thread.
  • Amy: Cute dog alert! (SIAP.)
  • Grace: Have you been hibernating? That meme has been around for months.

An Academic Look at SIAP

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ess Eye Aye Pee"), SIAP 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 wouldn't have needed to use the abbreviation SIAP with the meaning "Sorry If Already Posted."

Example of SIAP Used in a Text

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