Wondering, ‘what does KMT mean in texting?’
If someone used ‘KMT’ during a text message to you or on social media like TikTok or Instagram, I can tell you exactly what it means!
KMT is an abbreviation for “Kiss My Teeth”, which is used to let someone know you’re annoyed, disgusted, or angry about something!
It’s pretty commonly used across social media and texting.
What Does KMT Mean in Texting?
KMT is commonly used over text messages by someone who is annoyed, disgusted, or frustrated about something.
This is because it is an abbreviation for “Kiss My Teeth”, which is something some people do in real life when they’re annoyed.
The action of kissing one’s own teeth and making a kissing noise is native to countries like Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Even if you don’t do it yourself, I’m sure you’ve seen this action on TV, or possibly even in real life.
In fact, I know a couple of people who use KMT during a text message, and they certainly don’t do it in real life!
It’s just become a phrase used by some people who are familiar with text abbreviations – so it helps to know what it means!
What Does KMT Mean on Social Media?
KMT is also used on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I’d say it’s probably most commonly used on TikTok as that’s the platform where the younger generations seem to spend most of their time.
But, it’s used across all social media platforms so it helps to know what it means.
Something to keep in mind, however, is that you also have to take a look at the context when someone is saying KMT.
People can use KMT to portray a wide range of emotions from mildly annoyed, to outright angry.
It definitely helps if you know the person well!
Examples of KMT in A Text Conversation
Here are a few examples of how KMT could be used in a text conversation.
Remember, context is important!
Sender: “I’m so annoyed with my boss, he’s always telling me what to do!”
Recipient: “KMT, that sounds really frustrating”
Sender: “I can’t believe she said that about me, I’m so mad!”
Recipient: “KMT girl, don’t even worry about her”
Sender: “KMT, I can’t believe he canceled on me again!”
Recipient: “I hear you, I think it’s time to move on!”
As you can see, KMT can be used in a variety of ways to show that someone is annoyed, disgusted, or even has contempt for someone.
Should You Use Abbreviations When Texting?
It’s really up to you whether or not you want to use abbreviations like KMT when texting.
I know some people who never use them, and others who use them all the time.
Most people that use abbreviations do so as a way to save time and write messages quicker, that’s why they came about in the first place.
Admittedly abbreviations became popular years ago when text messages were charged by the number of characters used, so people started to use them to save money.
It also used to be a lot more difficult to type out full words on a phone keypad on old Nokia phones!
Nowadays, phones have become a lot more user-friendly and have predictive text and speech to text so it’s not as necessary to short-hand as much.
In fact, there is an argument that it takes longer sometimes to use abbreviations because a lot of phones don’t like them until you save them.
Also, the person receiving the message has to pause and think about what they mean.
Not everyone is familiar with all the abbreviations, so it can cause confusion.
For me, I tend to use the type of language I know the person receiving the message will be comfortable with.
But either way, it’s up to you and it’s certainly a good idea to brush up on modern text abbreviations so you can keep up with the kids!
What to learn about more common text abbreviations and slang?
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.