What Does SXE Mean in a Text?

SXE means "Straightedge." The abbreviation SXE (usually typed or written sXe) is used with the meaning "Straightedge" to refer to people who consciously avoid indulging in things such as alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or sex outside of marriage.

The term "Straightedge" was coined by 1980s punk band Minor Threat, who released a track blasting what they saw as the destructive culture of drinks, drugs and tobacco. Lead singer, Ian MacKaye, was teetotal and drug free. Since then, "Straightedge" has grown into an unofficial movement and represents a lifestyle choice for some young people. As well as the usual vices, some people consider themselves "Straightedge" because they avoid prescription medications, practice veganism or are atheist.

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Summary of Key Points

"Straightedge" is the most common definition for SXE on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Here are examples of SXE being used in conversations:
  • Steve: Will Rob be at the party?
  • Louis: No way! He's more SXE than Mike Pence!
  • Charlie: Man, you live such a clean life and are never drunk!
  • Carl: I'm SXE and proud.

An Academic Look at SXE

The letters "S" and "E" are a contraction of the word "Straightedge". They are separated by the letter "X," which indicates straight lines and emphasises "Straightness" or "Prohibition."

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Straightedge" instead of using the abbreviation SXE.

Example of SXE Used in a Text

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