What does PEBKAC mean?

Problem exists between keyboard and chair

When you hear the term PEBKAC, it’s referring to a situation where a problem is not with the computer or other tech, but with the person using it. It’s like when someone can’t log into their account, not because of a system error, but simply because they’re typing their password wrong – that’s a classic PEBKAC scenario.

Mostly, you’ll see this term being thrown around by those who know their way around tech – like IT experts or tech enthusiasts. They often use PEBKAC in their online chatrooms, forums, or when discussing user errors in their messages.

But watch out, because sometimes PEBKAC can be used in a slightly snarky way. Say, if you have a friend who doesn’t know their way around a computer too well, like not knowing how to search for files based on their extension, you might tease them with a comment like, “Can’t believe Sarah couldn’t find her files on the computer. That’s a total PEBKAC.”

Example for using ‘PEBKAC’ in a conversation

Hey, can you help me with this computer problem? I can’t seem to connect to the Wi-Fi.

Hmm, let me think. Have you entered the correct password?

Oh, wait! Never mind. I just realized I was typing the wrong password all along. PEBKAC! πŸ˜…

Haha, happens to the best of us! PEBKAC moments are quite common. πŸ˜„