What does HHOK stand for?

Ha-ha only kidding

You might have bumped into the term HHOK if someone has shot a joke that wasn’t quite your cup of tea. This acronym stands for ‘ha-ha only kidding’, a quick way for someone to dial back on a joke that didn’t land as expected.

It’s very similar to the more frequently used slang terms JK and HHJK, which also mean the person is only joking. HHOK is used when the joker realizes that their comment, although funny to them, has upset or annoyed you.

Theoretically, the purpose of HHOK is to let you in on the fun and make you laugh along. However, in reality, if someone sends you HHOK, it might just leave you feeling more annoyed than before.

Example for using ‘HHOK’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that picture of me from last night? I look like a clown 🀑

Yeah, you really do! πŸ˜‚

Wait, I didn’t mean it. I think I look great actually! HHOK! πŸ™ƒ

Haha, got me for a second there! 🀣