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What does IG mean?

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Internet slang has been around for as long as the internet itself. People always seem to find unique ways to express themselves online, and this vocabulary of online slang and abbreviations keeps growing.

In this article, we’re taking a look at what does IG mean.

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What is IG?

Depending upon the context, IG almost always refers to these two things.

  • Instagram
  • I guess

The first is, of course, the popular social media platform. So if someone comes up to you and says, “look at this cool post on IG”, you know they’re talking about Instagram and not saying something incomprehensible by the average English speaker.

The second use case, “I guess”, is equally common, especially amongst heavy texters and teenagers. This isn’t a new term either. The IG referring to, I guess, has been around since somewhere between the 1900s and 2000s. It does imply a certain passive-aggressive, reluctant or scepticism mood, however. 

But that’s not to say that all places where you see IG pop up are angry conversations. On the contrary, paired with the correct punctuation, the small-term can express any emotion you want. 

However, IG’s first mention in the lexicon goes as back as the 1600s when it was used as a way of expressing moderate or ironic certainty. 

Of course, there are other uses cases for IG as well. People often use it in place of ‘ignore’ or ‘ignorant’. Gamers have also been known to use IG as a replacement for ‘in-game’. This makes sense as you do not want to by typing out full sentences and dividing your attention when in the middle of an intense CSGO or Valorant match. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: