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What Does "Mid” Mean on TikTok? New Term Explained

Gabriella Ferlita

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What Does "Mid” Mean on TikTok? New Term Explained

TikTok is forever launching new terms which Boomers and Millennials struggle to understand at times. The latest slang word which is popular among Gen-Z users is “mid”, but what exactly does it mean?

What does "mid” mean?

Lucky for us, “mid” is one of those terms which isn’t exactly hard to wrap your head around. In short, “mid” is an abbreviation of “mediocre”. 

It doesn’t necessarily categorise something as bad, nor does it class something as particularly good. It’s just okay - like Marvel’s Eternals or landing the middle seat in a plane. 

It’s not the worst thing in the world, but you could easily pass it up. 

However, Urban Dictionary suggests the term is actually an “insult”: 

“Used to insult or degrade an opposing opinion, labelling it as average or poor quality.”

How do TikTokers use “mid”?

There are plenty of users on the social media site who dream of their videos going viral for all the right reasons, but there are just as many who want to unapologetically post their thoughts and opinions.

There are many TikTokers who review well-known takeaways like Fiveguys, Wendy’s and Wingstop - calling them “mid” as they show the staged aftermath over their fast food, with ripped takeaway boxes, fries strewn over the table and empty condiment pots while sad music plays over the top. 

Some even post their art, song mixes and video edits with the word “mid” to avoid backlash from fellow TikTok users while they put their work out there for the world to see.

Some take the trend and run with it, annoying other users with their unfinished edits for comedic effect.

Just like Zendaya’s MJ says in Spider-Man No Way Home, if you expect disappointment, then you can never really be disappointed. The same goes for "mid".

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TikTok

Gabriella Ferlita
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