What Does – (Hyphen) Mean In Texting? (Explained With Examples)

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Wondering know what – means in texting? We have good news for you – we will answer that question in this article. We’re going to explain what it means and provide you with some examples of how to use it…

What does – Mean in Texting?

A hyphen (-) is used in texting to express confusion when you don’t know how to finish a sentence. It is a popular way of expressing these sentiments among younger generations and you can see it being used commonly on social media or text messages. The most popular way is to use it after the word “I”. You can also use it by itself in a message to express these same emotions.

Alternative Meanings

It can also mean a few other things, but it would be rare to see them used this way…

  • The end of a sentence
  • To delete or remove something (verb)

Examples of – in Text Slang

Example 1

  • Jimmy – So basically, I think you’re rude and you should apologize to me for not saying hi!
  • Tracy – Wow, I-

Example 2

  • Kyle – So yeah, got drunk, crashed my car into a lake, and barely made it out alive haha…
  • Donna  – Holy shi-

Example 3

  • Charlie – I just don’t like the political correctness everyone is pushing nowadays…

Laura – I… I- wow, you’re insane

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