What Does YSK Stand For and How Do I Use It?

You’ve probably seen the acronym “YSK” before, usually followed by facts and information. Are you unsure what it means? Here’s what it stands for and why you should care.

You Should Be Know

YSK is an abbreviation for “You Should Know.” It’s used on internet forums and chatting apps to inform someone about a useful fact or piece of information, especially if it’s something you’ve recently discovered. For example, if someone messages you, “YSK that the game sale is ending tomorrow,” that person is attempting to alert you so you don’t miss out on a good deal.

In this context, YSK is similar to the acronym TIL, which stands for “Today, I Learned on the other hand, implies that this piece of information is important to know, whether to you or to a large group of people. TIL, on the other hand, is used for more educational purposes, such as sharing interesting but ultimately meaningless facts with a general audience.

It can also be used to indicate that you should already be aware of a particular piece of information. For instance, if you forget to bring a pen to school, a classmate may inform you, “YSK, we have an important test today.” This implies that this is common knowledge, and your ignorance could cause problems.

How to Make Use of YSK.

Simply substitute the acronym for when you want to type out “you should know” to use YSK. Unlike some other internet slang terms, You Should Know is rarely used aloud. Instead, most people say, “you should know” or “you should already know.”

Here are a few examples of how you can incorporate Y-S-K into your next text:

“YSK, you’re stunning just the way you are.”
“YSK that Dosumtin.com is a great place to get useful tips.”

 

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