Examples of sksksk
Where does sksksk come from?
We can find evidence for sksksk on Twitter as early as 2009, when it appears to be used among Portuguese speakers in Brazil as a kind of keysmash to express intense emotions. S and K are at opposite sides of the QWERTY keyboard, so sksksk (and its many, longer instances) is easy to pound out with both hands in a pique.
Into the 2010s, sksksk can also be found in UK, Black, and gay communities on social media. But in summer 2019, sksksk, along with the phrase and I oop, became associated as an overused catchphrase of so-called “stan Twitter” (stereotyped as an overly obsessive, young female fan culture online) and “VSCO girls.”
Stan Twitter knowing “sksksk” has belonged to them and not the vsco girls pic.twitter.com/SI4TdfbcEb
— 𝐻𝒶𝓃𝓃𝒶𝒽 (@harryallthelove) August 24, 2019
VSCO girl is a term, generally used as an insult, for a young, usually white woman who posts trendy pictures of herself edited on the app VSCO. Stereotypes of the VSCO girl include wearing scrunchies and Birkenstock sandals, drinking out of Hydro Flask reusable water canisters, generally seeking attention online—and, yes, saying sksksk.
By August 2019, sksksk was central to memes making fun of VSCO girls, especially in the form of TikTok videos. One video, posted by @koobydoobydoobydoo on August, went viral. In these videos, sksksk is uttered as a mocking way to convey unconstrained excitement, joy, even awkwardness—perhaps as a kind of verbal incarnation of a keysmash.
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Who uses sksksk?
Given the joking, fast-changing nature of internet culture, it can be difficult to tell if instances of sksksk are meant earnestly or ironic.
My toxic trait is saying “sksksk” outloud unironically
— sAGiqUAriUs (@laurenmosewho) August 10, 2019
However, sksksk appears most widely used, whether written or spoken, as a way to make fun of VSCO girls and is discussed in popular media as a stereotype of VSCO girls.
The best thing just happend to me. My barista at starbucks was trying to give me a strae and I said no and showed him my steel straw and he goes "omg are you VSCO? I have an extra scrunchy if you need it. Sksksk and I oop"
Yall when I say I DIED.
— A.R. (@ThatProduceBoy) September 23, 2019
Be mindful that sksksk is often treated as an annoying habit of young women, and as such, using sksksk to make jokes may be considered offensive.
bc vsco stole sksksk we are resorting to using asdfghjkl again like our ancestors did before us
— 𓃭•ĸoυ🦇 (@descartesau) September 17, 2019
Additional sk‘s can be added to sksksk for greater emphasis, e.g., sksksksksksk.
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