In Defense Of Texting Back “Kk”

You guys aren’t going to like this. But it’s more than just “Ok.”

1. “Kk,” for those who are unaware of every tiny internet argument…

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…is an alternate way of saying “OK.” You can find it in many a text message and Gchat conversation.

2. At its core, it’s an acknowledgment that a message has been received.

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That you’ve been heard. Listened to. Understood.

3. The Internet® credits online gamers with inventing “kk.”


This message board comment explains that it was used because it takes less time to type “kk” than “ok.” And every split second counts when you’re playing online.

This Quora response on the origin of kk dates it to “circa 1996,” and this “Net for Beginners” breakdown of the term gently reminds you that “90% of the time, these expressions are typed in all lowercase letters. On selective occasions, you are welcome to use them in all capitals to express enthusiasm. Just remember not to type entire sentences in all caps, lest you be considered rude.”

So don’t “KK” someone. OK? Kk.

4. I mean, “OK” is fine.

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“Ok” is a classic. “OK” is aggressive, but acceptable. “Okay” is a waste of everyone’s time. “Ok!” is a necessary evil or a genuine display of enthusiasm, depending on the recipient.

5. But “Kk” is, like…

6. Casual.

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The Huffington Post calls it “a way to casually yet flirtatiously show interest in someone.” Like a sloth winking at you.

7. Easygoing.

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A ninja star, slicing through you. In an easygoing fashion.

8. And, yes. I’m fully aware this isn’t a popular opinion.

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I know the anti-kk hate is coming. I can feel it swelling and churning and growing and gaining strength, like a zit growing right beneath the surface of your skin the night before a first date.

9. I mean, sure, “kk” isn’t something to be bandied about all the time.

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Use it sparingly, lest you risk alienating people with your enthusiasm and youthful joie de vivre. People hate both those things. So much.

10. And some people are genuinely confused by it.

11. But, come on. You can’t just stop at “K.”

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“K” is so mean. So closed off. Judgmental. “K” doesn’t want to hear about your crush, or make the changes you suggested in your email. “K” doesn’t love you back. “K” barely even cares.

12. And what if you’ve already said “OK”?

Too many “OKs” sound passive-aggressive. Plus, it’s always better to change things up than not to.

13. If you think I’m overthinking this, then…

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Kk, I guess.

14. But think about it.

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Studies show* millennialarians spend approximately 6,784.3 hours a week online and upwards of 27 hours a day texting and snapyelling slashfic and #brands to their tweeples.

*no.

15. So the way we communicate with one another matters.


And that includes the subtleties, quirks, and regional flair that occur in mostly text-based communication.

16. Give “kk” a chance.

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Make “kk” work for you. That’s all I ask.

17. kthnxbai

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