Have you ever met someone, heard them say HMU, and then been confused why they didn’t contact you to hang out again?
If this has happened to you, it might be because you misunderstood the term HMU. This abbreviation is very popular among young people, especially over text and on social media, but it is also used in everyday language by a diverse group of people.
What does HMU mean?
HMU stands for hit me up.
This means that the person wants you to hit up their phone or inbox, or to contact them for whatever purpose it is.
This is an open invitation for you to ask them questions, invite them out to an event, or contact them about anything.
It is a slang usage, so don’t talk to your boss or teacher this way. When you are talking to your equals, including at conferences and networking events, you can tell people you want to meet again or collaborate with to hit you up!
Hitting someone up is an open invitation, but it is often very casual. If you end up not contacting someone or following up with them, that is expected.
Make sure that you understand the context of the invitation, because some people will tell you to hit them up without really meaning it. If you contact these people, you likely will not receive a response.
- Hanging out with you today was a ton of fun! If you want to do it again, HMU.
- My company is hiring! HMU if you or someone you know specializes in online marketing, especially through email.
- When you’re in town the next time, make sure to HMU.
Like other common phrases, you can replace the “me” with any other person (including you, them, my mother, etc.).
However, you should not abbreviate that phrase (i.e. HYU) because the other person will not understand what that stands for.
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