HMU: How to Use This Online Acronym

HMU Meanings and Examples

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HMU is an online acronym for "Hit Me Up." It's used to say "contact me," "text me," "​phone me," or otherwise "reach me to follow up on this."

It's a modern shorthand way to invite a person to communicate with you further, but just not right now. HMU is internet slang that might be seen used during online chatting, texting, email, and instant messaging.

The HMU expression, like many other internet expressions, is a part of online conversation culture. Like any human group behavior, speech and language expressions are used to build cultural identity through customized language and unique conversational expressions.

Note: This acronym has also been used in jest to mean "Hold My Unicorn," but it's not the most common usage for HMU.

History

HMU used to mean "that person asked me for something," as in "David hits me up for a small loan every Friday night." However, sometime in 2009, the expression morphed to mean "communicate with me further."

The "Hold My Unicorn" version of HMU might have been first seen in 2010 on Urban Dictionary.

Spelling

HMU can be spelled in all lowercase as hmu. Both uppercase and lowercase versions mean the same thing, and you're welcome to use either given the internet's relative informality.

Just avoid typing entire sentences in uppercase because that's considered rude and is interpreted as shouting online.

How to Use HMU in a Sentence

Following are a few examples of HMU in everyday conversations:

HMU Example No. 1:

  • Daniel: I have two e-coupons for 20 percent off at Jinx.com. Does anyone want one?
  • Tyler: I'll take one! I could use a new shirt.
  • Daniel: OK, hmu with your email address so I can send it to you.

HMU Example No. 2:

  • Abidola: Jay! HMU later for those tickets. I have them in my car.
  • Jay: Cool. How about I meet you at your place after 5? I'll bring cash. 
  • Abidola: kk sounds good

HMU Example No. 3:

  • Tuan: Dude, I need to borrow your ID.
  • Daniel: My ID? What are you doing?
  • Tuan: Intramural hockey. I need to show a school ID before they let me on the ice
  • Daniel: Gotcha. K, HMU at lunch. I'll be at Subway in the CAB building at 11:30.

HMU Example No. 4:

  • Sheldon: Hey, I could use some good advice on winter tires. I'm thinking of getting some for my daughter's car.
  • Kaveh: I read a good article on that. Sec... maybe I can find it in my bookmarks.
  • Sheldon: Great, HMU with link when you can!

HMU Example No. 5:

You might also see HMU used to mean "Hold My Unicorn," like in this example:

  • Benjamin: Hey man, why'd you text me so late last night?
  • Andy: I wanted you to hmu while I made food.