What does PU stand for?

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On the social media platform Snapchat, the term ‘PU’ is often used as a call to action to get someone to send you a message. It’s a convenient way to invite interaction when you’re bored and want to chat with others.

Snapchat, known for its multimedia messaging with text, videos, and photos, saw the slang ‘PU’ rise to fame around 2017. Though it’s unknown who coined the term, it’s derived from the popup notification you receive when someone sends you a message on the app.

‘PU’ is primarily used by teenagers and young adults, as it’s not a widely understood term among older users. For instance, a young boy might use ‘PU’ to prompt his friends to message him while he waits for his soccer practice to start.

Example for using ‘PU’ in a conversation

Hey, what’s up? PU!

Hey! Not much, just chilling. What about you?

Just got home from school. PU?

I’m down! Let’s chat. What’s new?