What Does WYDM Mean in a Text?

WYDM means "What You Doing Man?," "What You Doing Mate?" and "What You Do Matters." Here is more information about each of these definitions of WYDM.

What You Doing Man? and What You Doing Mate?

The abbreviation WYDM is typically used in text-based communications with the meaning "What You Doing Man?" (especially in the US) or "What You Doing Mate?" (especially in the UK, Australia and New Zealand). In this context, WYDM is a straightforward question, similar in meaning to WAYD ("What are you doing?") and WAYDRN ("What are you doing right now?").

What You Do Matters

WYDM is also used with the meaning "What You Do Matters." In this context, WYDM is a popular phrase used widely online and in self-help literature as a motivational expression.

"What You Do Matters" is also a non-profit company based in London, England. The aims of WYDM are to foster a commitment to women and young girls, promoting self-confidence, strong interpersonal skills and empowerment, alongside encouraging involvement in community work.

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meaning of WYDM

WYDM also means "What You Doing Man?" and "What You Doing Mate?"

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of WYDM

"What You Doing Man?" is the most common definition for WYDM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, especially in the US. Here is some more information about WYDM:
Definition:What You Doing Man?
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of WYDM

"What You Doing Mate?" is also a common definition for WYDM, especially in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Definition:What You Doing Mate?
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition of WYDM

"What You Do Matters" is also another definition for WYDM.
Definition:What You Do Matters
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of WYDM in Sentences

Here are examples of WYDM being used in conversations:
  • Cool American Dude: WYDM?
  • Cool Australian Bloke: Not much. WYDM?
  • (Here WYDM means both "What You Doing Man?" and "What You Doing Mate?")
  • Disillusioned Teacher: At times like this I wish I worked in an office or a shop.
  • Friend: Don't be like that. I know it's tough, but WYDM.
  • (Here WYDM means "What You Do Matters.")

An Academic Look at WYDM

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Dblyoo Why Dee Emm"), WYDM is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

When used to mean "What You Doing Man?" or "What You Doing Mate?," WYDM plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question). However, even when used as a question, it is commonly seen without a question mark (i.e., it can be written "WYDM?" or "WYDM").

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "What are you up to?" instead of using WYDM.

Example of WYDM Used in a Text

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