Is It Rude to Text K?

Modern lingo has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades, thanks in particular to the rise of cell phones and other text-messaging apps and technologies.

Many popular expressions have been reduced to simple abbreviations, like lol (for laugh out loud), ikr (for I know right?), and k (for O.K.). 

But, is it rude to text K, rather than taking the time to type out a full and comprehensive acknowledgment? Read on below, and find out the full and in-depth answer!

Is it Rude to Text K?

People have been using the abbreviation “K” for nearly roughly two decades. 

The original meaning of K was innocent enough, and may still be if used in a certain manner, but has morphed over the years. 

Today, using K is typically seen as dismissive or distant, and yes, rude.

How Rude Is it?


On our rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, texting K is a solid 7. Texting K is mainly viewed as a cold and disrespectful way to end a text. That said, if K is used at the beginning of a sentence that follows up with a clear and comprehensive reply, it isn’t seen as rude whatsoever.

Why is it Rude?

Replying to a serious text message with K is more often than not seen as rude these days. 

The primary school of thought surrounding this is that by replying to a text with K you are consciously cutting the conversation off with no further explanation (and presumably no concern about the other party’s feelings).

Why is it Not Rude?

Including K in a text is surely not always considered rude. In fact, depending on how it is used, K doesn’t necessarily need to be seen as rude at all. 

For example, starting a message with K, and following up with a full and thorough explanation is not rude in any shape, form, or fashion.

Other Options to Do Instead

The obvious alternative to using K in a text message is taking the time to type out a full-length and meaningful message. By doing so, you eliminate any doubts or confusions that would otherwise surround your reply of K. Other options include not replying at all, or taking time to reply when you are more clear-minded or have the time, rather than replying with a K.

Common Questions

What does K really mean?

K typically means “Ok” depending on how it is used in the text. Using K as a single-letter reply is considered rude, or at the very least, unthoughtful. 

What does KK mean?

KK, which is obviously similar to K, yet is also slightly different, means “Ok. Cool.”. That means, replying with KK, rather than K, may be seen as much less rude.

How to reply to K in a text?

The way to reply to a K in a text message depends on how it was sent to you. If you feel that it was rude, or uncalled for, let the other person know, or even choose to not reply at all. If you do reply to K in a text, make sure your message is clear and concise.