Is it Rude to Reply with K?

With the rise of the internet, and instant communications between people, came many abbreviations for words and sentences, like “lol” for “laugh out loud” or “K” for “OK”.

But, what about today? Is it rude to reply to someone’s message with a K? Read on below and find out!

Is it Rude to Reply with K?

Back in the day, using the letter K in place of “OK” was a relatively common abbreviation to use in reply to messages. 

However, with the new generation of instant messaging, the K has taken on a new meaning… one that is often interpreted as cold, uncaring, and yes, even rude.

That said, whether or not replying with K is seen as rude largely depends on the rest of the conversation, and what you follow up with.

If your reply is simply K, with nothing else, there is a big chance the recipient will view it as rude.

How Rude Is it?


On a scale of 1 to 10, replying with K rates 5 on the rude meter. Replying to someone’s message to you, with a K, and nothing else is typically seen as rude and distant. 

But, that is far from always the case. 

To determine whether someone’s K response to your message is rude or not, one has to inspect the previous messages and the following replies as well.

That said, in most cases, if the reply is simply a K, and is followed by no further communications, it is seen as uncaring and rude.

Why is it Rude?

Replying to someone’s messages with a K, makes people feel unimportant. It also makes them feel like you don’t care what they have to say. 

Otherwise, you would take the time to reply with more than a K.

Why is it Not Rude?

Replying to a message with a K doesn’t necessarily mean you are cold, distant, or uncaring, let along rude. It can also mean that you are simply agreeing with them and will message further later. 

Further, sometimes, messages don’t require any more of an answer than “yes”, “no”, “maybe”, or “K”. 

Common Questions

Is texting K rude?

Texting K may be seen as rude by the receiver of the message, depending on the context of your conversation.

However, texting K is far from automatically rude. Sometimes there is no reason to reply more than “yay”, “nay”, or “ok” (or in this case, simply “K”).

Does K really mean OK?

Originally, K did indeed mean “OK”. In fact, it still means “OK”.

That said, it has also taken on a much colder meaner: I don’t care what you have to say.

To determine what “K” means, in your messaging sessions, you must look at the whole context of the messages.

How to respond to K?

There is no right or wrong way to respond to K.

When someone sends you a K reply in text, it means they are agreeing with you, they understand what you have said… or it can mean they don’t care to continue the conversation and are done talking.

Each occasion must be carefully examined.