or pmoys [pee-em-oh-wahy-es] or [pee-mois]
What does PMOYS mean?
If you’re looking to extend your popularity by showing how you’re buddy-buddy with someone cool or just want to feel the love from a friend, you might tell them to PMOYS.
PMOYS is an internet acronym standing for put me on your story or put me on your Snapchat, in reference to the massively popular social-media app.
Where does PMOYS come from?
PMOYS is primarily used on used on Snapchat, a social-media app around since 2011, though its Stories feature—a kind of curated collection of moments, or Snaps—didn’t launch until 2013. It typically involves one friend sending some kind of picture to another along with the text PMOYS.
Before Snapchat, PMOY(s) was (and is) used as an acronym for Playboy magazine’s so-called Playmate(s) of the Year.
— Raquel Pomplun (@RPomplun) October 8, 2014
2016 is when PMOYS takes off in the Snapchat lexicon, corresponding to its viral spread on Twitter. By the end of the year, it had become so widely used that, as with so much of internet content, people were already sick of it. Really sick of it.
how about we keep that "pmoys" shit in 2016 💀💀
— Ⓜ️al (@malloryy_20) December 31, 2016
Played out or not, PMOYS continues, put on Urban Dictionary’s story in 2017. Some people began to use PMOYS to promote their content, such as a new album.
— Domy Ownstunts (@OhFonem) September 24, 2018
Examples of PMOYS
Who uses PMOYS?
Sometimes, PMOYS is used in a friend request (i.e., add me as a friend on Snapchat), though AMOS (add me on Snapchat) is more common.
Most of the time, PMOYS is a request for someone to put a picture of them, often as appearing with the requested friend, as a way to prove that they are friends. All for that social cred.
PMOY, typically without the S, still sees some use as a shorthand for Playboy‘s Playmate of the Year.
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