What Does SNU Mean in a Text?

SNU means "What's New?".

The acronym SNU is used with the meaning "What's New?" as a greeting or as a question. SNU is based on the similarity of the sound made when saying "What's New" to that made when pronouncing SNU as a word.

When used as a greeting, SNU is similar in meaning and usage to asking "How are you?" or "Alright?". It is sometimes just a way of saying hello and does not always require a detailed answer.

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When I write SNU, I mean this:

meaning of SNU

SNU is another way of saying "Hello, what are you up to?"

Summary of Key Points

"What's New?" is the most common definition for SNU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:What's New?
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of SNU in Sentences

Here are examples of SNU being used in conversations:
  • Clemmie: Hi. SNU?
  • Joel: Hi. Not much.
  • Vic: She was late this morning.
  • Colin: SNU? She's late almost every morning.

An Academic Look at SNU

SNU is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

SNU is best described as a contraction of the interrogative sentence ("What is new?"). It commonly stands alone and may or may not be followed by a question mark.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "What's New?" or something like "What's Happening?" instead of using SNU.

Example of SNU Used in a Text

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