What does Paratext mean?

Paragraph text

Paratext is a slang used to describe a really long message that you’d have to keep scrolling to read all of it. It’s a blend of the words “paragraph” and “text.”

Typically, paratexts pop up during heated debates or serious conversations that need more explanation. You could also find them in messages between people in romantic relationships.

However, if someone sends a paratext when a short answer would have been enough, or right after meeting someone for the first time, it’s often seen as irritating and strange. So, it’s important to use paratexts wisely.

Example for using ‘Paratext’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that long message from Sarah? πŸ“œ

Yeah, she sent a paratext again! πŸ™„

I know, right? It takes forever to scroll through it all. πŸ˜…

I wish she could just keep it short and simple. πŸ™ˆ