We can all remember being kids once upon a time, using the hottest slang, and feeling like the coolest thing ever. But time passes, and with each generation comes a whole slew of new slang words. This only seems to be more pronounced with Gen Zers. It can seem like they were practically born with a smartphone in their hands. If you’ve been wandering through the vast landscape of TikTok lately, you’ve probably stumbled across the phrase “ATP”. This term can have a few different meanings, but on TikTok, its usage is fairly consistent. We’re going to reveal exactly what “ATP” means and how to use it.
What Does “ATP” Mean?
Precisely what “ATP” means on TikTok really depends on who you ask and the context. But in most cases, TikTokers like to use the term to mean either “Answer The Phone”, or “At This/That Point”. It’s safe to say that it doesn’t have the same meaning as it does to a science teacher (Adenosine Triphosphate), and kids aren’t using it in this way on the app. Sometimes, “ATP” also refers to the tennis tour (i.e., the Association of Tennis Professionals). You can find a lot of videos with this hashtag. But concerning youngsters, it’s usually one of the two aforementioned definitions that they’re talking about.
Where Did “ATP” Come From?
Some Tiktok phrases, like “FBGM” and “Gyatt”, can be pretty effectively traced back to their origins. “ATP”, however, is a little more elusive, like “wyll“. Although it’s rapidly gaining popularity on the platform, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it originated. Many users aren’t sure what it means either, as is shown by questions from commenters and TikToks explaining the meaning.
How to Use “ATP”
The correct way to use “ATP” depends on which version of the slang you’re trying to use. If you’re trying to call somebody about something urgent and not having any luck, then it would be appropriate to use “ATP” to mean “answer the phone”. For example:
- “ATP, I’ve called you five times, and I need to speak with you!”
- “Hey, what’s going on with you? ATP.”
Alternatively, you can use it to mean “at this point”. This phrase is often used to summarize how you’re feeling about a situation. It isn’t usually in a very positive light. When someone has acted in a way you find unacceptable, or a situation needs to be called out, you could use this to begin or end your sentence. “ATP” can even be used to draw attention to a specific time in a video or to a mistake or moment of realization that occurred. In this case, you could use it like this:
- “ATP, I don’t even know if it’s worth it anymore.”
- “ATP, we need to do something about this.”
- “ATP, I knew I messed up.”
And if you happen to be a biology tutor, then, of course, you can use it in a scientific context as well.
Other Popular TikTok Slang Words
The collection of slang terms used on TikToks is virtually endless. It doesn’t end with “ATP”. But there tends to be a handful of terms that are more popular than others at certain points in time. Currently, these are some of the most common slang terms:
- Cheugy: This basically means not cool, awkward, or trying too hard. It’s similar to “basic”. Usually, TikTokers use it to refer to people from an older generation. But they also use it for anyone that they deem outdated or cringeworthy.
- FYP: An abbreviation for “For You Page”, or the homepage of TikTok. Many people will use this in an attempt to get the algorithm to boost the views on their video. This has debatable results.
- Main character: Tiktokers use this to refer to themselves or to somebody else. It can be either as a point of praise or in a playful manner. They may see themselves or others as the protagonist, usually because they project confidence and draw attention.
- GRWM: This one stands for “Get Ready With Me”. People use this when they’re getting ready for an event and showcasing their routine, i.e., makeup.
- POV: Short for “Point of View”. This is a very popular phrase on TikTok. It’s used to set up a relatable context or provide a humorous setup for some comedic content.
- BMS: “Broke My Scale”. This isn’t a jab at somebody’s weight, but a convenient way to praise somebody for their appearance, i.e., measuring their beauty on an imaginary scale. Since they broke the scale, their attractiveness is off the charts.
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