What does SCNR stand for?

Sorry, could not resist

When someone follows up a message that might be inappropriate with “SCNR”, they’re saying sorry, could not resist. This acronym is often used when someone realises their previous comment was a bit out of line, but they couldn’t help themselves from making it – probably because they thought it was funny.

But remember, if they were really sorry, they wouldn’t have made the comment in the first place. So the use of SCNR might be just a way to limit the fallout of a potentially offensive remark.

Ultimately, it’s up to you how to respond when someone uses SCNR. You could forgive them, or you could call them out for their comment. Just remember, SCNR is often used as a quick way to apologise for a comment that the sender knew could cause offense.

Example for using ‘SCNR’ in a conversation

Did you hear that Joe forgot his wife’s birthday?

I’m not surprised, he even forgot his own birthday last year. SCNR.

That’s a bit mean, don’t you think?

You’re right, my bad. I couldn’t resist making that joke.