HMU is a popular internet abbreviation. You will see it being used in many online situations. This is what it means and how you use it.
What it means
HMU is the abbreviation for "hit me up". It's a quick way to tell someone to contact you or make plans in the future. For example, you could say to a friend: "HMU if you want to play Mario Kart ", or "HMU if you are back in town". In most cases, HMU is used in social or informal business circles.
Some people also use HMU to indicate that someone has asked them for something, such as: "He asks HMU for money" or: "They HMU for a date." This use corresponds to the definition of "hit-up", which is common street language for someone who asks you for something.
It is worth mentioning that "hit-up" can also mean that you want to go to a certain place For example, you and your friends can hit the Trader Joe & # 39; s & # 39; & Of course, this usage does not have an abbreviation, so back to the subject at hand.
The History of HMU
The phrase "hit me up" is inextricably linked to the hip-hop culture of the 90s. In that decade, many people (not just drug dealers) used one-way pagers to interact with each other. to communicate. & # 39; Communicate & # 39; is probably not the right word because these devices could not receive text-based messages. They received telephone numbers instead. Someone would call your beeper from his phone ("beep"). Your pager would light up, make an audible "beep," and the phone number you called will appear on the screen so that you can call the person back.
"Hit up" originated from the very specific rules for paging. Rappers used the sentence in hundreds of popular songs and it started to have a variety of meanings. Now the expression is closely linked to mobile phones, which are arguably the modern version of pagers.
The history of our small abbreviation, HMU, is not nearly as interesting as all that. See, it came from nowhere. HMU first appeared on Urban Dictionary in 2009 and exploded in popularity by the end of 2010.
According to Facebook & # 39; s 2010 Memology report, HMU went from a rarity to the biggest trend of the year. For reference, the abbreviation was not even mentioned in the 2009 Memology report.
According to Google Trends, searches for HMU peaked in 2010 and flattened off after about a year. However, this does not necessarily mean that the expression is less popular than before. The definition of HMU is probably less sought after because it is now used so often, most people know what it means.
How do I use HMU?
Again, HMU is the abbreviation for "hit me up". It is easy to use and will be understood by most people. So just use HMU when you plan to say "hit me."
You could say "HMU when you come home", or "HMU when you want to hang out." Again, it's a simple abbreviation, so you don't have to worry about weird grammar or whatever.
If you want to describe a situation where a friend or acquaintance sends you a message out of the blue, you can say: "He HMU last week," or: "They ask HMU for a lift."
Net as with other informal internet abbreviations, people do not always use capital letters HMU. You may also see this in lower case (hmu).