What SMH Means and How to Use It

SMH Internet Slang Meaning
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If you've been online or received a text that made you wonder what SMH means, all you really need to know is that it stands for "shaking my head." It's a popular online acronym that teens and young adults love to type into their social media posts or in text messages to express the same physical body language of shaking their head in disappointment.

For example, a Twitter user might tweet something about how their favorite sports team just lost a game and add "smh" at the end of the tweet to further express their disappointment:

"The Purple Eagles totally should've won that game! They had it when Pizzaburghenshire made that shot!! Smh."

As another example, your teenage son might reply with nothing but a simple "smh" text message after you message him to say that there's absolutely no way you can lend him the car on Saturday for a meet up with his anime fan club friends.

You: "I need the car this Saturday, so you'll have to find another way to get to your weekly Nakuro Dragonflame X meeting."

Your son: "SMH"

You get the idea, right? I could go on and provide you with even more ridiculous examples, but it's not necessary (and I don't know sports or anime). All you have to remember is that "smh" is an Internet abbreviation trend used for shaking your head to express disappointment.

Using It Right and Finding Real Life Examples

There aren't any strict rules at all for using this acronym. You can type it in all uppercase letters, all lowercase letters, with a phrase or on its own.

All its used for is to emphasize a more expressive reaction that words alone can't really communicate. And besides, "smh" is a lot easier and faster than typing, "I'm shaking my head in disbelief" or something similar.

If you want to see more examples of this acronym used in the wild, search for the term or hashtag on some of your favorite social networks.

Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr are good places to start since lots of people with public profiles/blogs use the term or tag (#smh) in their posts.

Acronyms and abbreviated words are part of a big trend in online communities or private messaging that help people save time while also adding an extra emotional response which may be more difficult to express with words alone. As the world continues to embrace mobile web browsing and instant messaging, you can expect trends like smh, tbhbae and all the rest of these crazy short-form words to only show up more in your everyday online use, along with newer ones that will probably pop up in the future.

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