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What does ‘ib’ mean on TikTok?

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Internet vernacular is ever-expanding, with new words joining the lexicon on a near-daily basis.

The latest of these to join the ever-growing list of internet-isms is “ib”, a quick acronym that is on the rise on TikTok. Here’s what users mean when they use the viral abbreviation.

What does ‘ib’ mean on TikTok?

@chrisandchenoa

IB: @nicocaponecomedy 😂😂😂😂

♬ original sound – Chris & Chenoa

Abbreviations don’t always mean the same thing in every corner of the internet. On TikTok, for example, the viral acronym “BBL” doesn’t mean “be back later,” like it might on Twitch or Reddit, instead indicating that someone is discussing a “Brazilian butt lift.”

The same can be said for “IB,” one of the latest bits of short form to arise online. While most Reddit users are likely referring to “international baccalaureate” when combining these two letters, the acronym means something entirely different on TikTok.

On the video-sharing platform, “IB” is typically used as a means to source an idea, prank, or theme. When someone is inspired by another creator, they indicate this by writing “IB” and the original source’s name in the video’s caption. On TikTok, this simple form of credit literally means “inspired by,” and allows users to copy other videos without blatantly ripping them off.

@thepeetes

IB @Courtney and Cade fypシ

♬ original sound – The Peetes

Many a TikTok video is copying another idea, and far from all of them use “IB” to provide credit, but the new short form is an excellent way to indicate the real creative genius behind an idea. That being said, the majority of TikTok trends aren’t born on the app — instead stemming from other corners of the web or Vine — but that doesn’t mean creators should veer away from providing credit where credit is due.

Nahila Bonfiglio
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Nahila carefully obsesses over all things geekdom and gaming, bringing her embarrassingly expansive expertise to the team at We Got This Covered. She is a Staff Writer and occasional Editor with a focus on comics, video games, and most importantly 'Lord of the Rings,' putting her Bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin to good use. Her work has been featured alongside the greats at NPR, the Daily Dot, and Nautilus Magazine.