Here’s a list of some popular terms TikTok-ers employ on the regular, whether they’re commenting on videos of people mirthlessly dancing to trendy songs while wearing Champion tie-dye sweat suits, or uploading their own mirthless dancing videos as they rock Champion tie-dye sweat suits of their own.
“/T” is particularly interesting because of its supposed origins. The “:T” emoji used to refer to a “wry smile” because it kind of appears to look like a half grin. Wayword Radio writes, “The slang expression ‘No Tea, No Shade,’ meaning ‘No disrespect, but …’ is common in the drag community, where T means ‘truth.’ The related phrase ‘All Tea, All Shade,’ means ‘This statement is true, so I don’t care if it offends you or not.’ At least as early as the 1920s, the slang verb to shade has meant ‘to defeat.'”
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