Twitter is a mix of a lot of things. For some, it’s a news source; for others, it’s a way to connect with friends; for others, it’s a platform to rant or share memes. But one thing that seems consistent across the board is the use of acronyms and abbreviations, often without explanations for newcomers or those not “in the know.” So, what does “c” mean on Twitter?
“C” at the end of a tweet indicates that the tweet’s content is copied from another source, commonly called copypasta. Sometimes, “c” is also used as a substitute for “see.” It can also be used as an emoji, representing a smiley face.
Twitter has a word limit of 280 characters, often making it difficult to explain things in full detail. So, people use abbreviations like “c” to save space and time. But for newbies or those not familiar with Twitter lingo, it can be not very clear.
So, we’ll look at the most common meanings of “c” on Twitter and how you can use it in your tweets.
“c” as Copypasta
The most common use of “c” on Twitter is as shorthand for “copypasta.” While “copypasta” can technically refer to copied and pasted text, it’s most often used to reference memes or jokes circulated online.
Copypasta is not limited to big blocks of texts or memes but can also include witty comments or phrases that have received instant attention, and people repost them to make the content viral.
Here are a few more funny copypastas that got popular on Twitter:
- I’m not saying that I don’t like how I look, but I do like how I look better when I’m not wearing clothes.
- I’m not fat; I’m just easier to see from a distance.
- What do you call a snowman with a six-pack? An abdominal snowman!
- Why don’t scientists trust atoms? Because they make up everything!
- What do you call a sleepwalking nun? A roaming catholic!
So when you see someone’s tweet that includes a “c” sign at the start or end, it means that the person is sharing a copypasta. A lot of times, these copypastas are jokes or funny memes. But since we’re talking about Twitter, the copypastas can also be more serious, like a news story that’s getting widely circulated.
CopyPasta is derived from copy & paste. It usually refers to blocks of text or other content that get copied and posted on social media multiple times, often without any alteration.
“c” as See
Twitter has a word limit of 280 characters per tweet. So, to save on characters, people often use abbreviations. One such abbreviation is “c,” which is shorthand for “see.”
For example, if someone tweets, “I’m going to the mall, c u later,” they say, “I’m going to the mall, see you later.”
This is a common abbreviation on Twitter, and you’ll see it used in many ways. People use it to say goodbye, to tell someone to check out a link, or even just as a way to sign off on a tweet.
“c” as an Emoji
Though smartphone emoji boards have made finding and using the correct emoji easier, it’s great to be creative sometimes. Old fashion alphabet emoticons are still fun to use and can add a bit of personality to your tweets. “C” can give you two such options:
- Add a colon in front of the “c” (:c), and you have a big, surprised-looking emoji.
- Add the colon after the “c” (c:), and you’ve got a smiling face.
While “c” can have different meanings depending on the context, it’s generally used as an abbreviation for “copypasta” or “see.” So, if you see a tweet that ends in “c,” it’s likely that the person who wrote it is sharing something they found elsewhere on the internet.
And if you see a tweet with a “:c” at the beginning or end, chances are it’s just an emoji. So go ahead and start using “c” in your tweets, and enjoy the shorthand Twitter offers.