SMH – What does that Mean & How Do You Use It?

Have you heard of SMH?. In this post, you’ll learn about an acronym used in social media and chat rooms often called SMH.

SMH- “Shaking My Head”

Shaking my head, commonly abbreviated as SMH, is Internet slang used for expression for negative reactions.

SMH is around the internet for a while that stands for “shake my head” or “shaking my head.” as an expression of disappointment or disbelief in the face of what’s perceived as obvious stupidity.

SMH is one of those expressions which is used in many ways by many millions of users who make use of chat or Internet slang on social media, in chat rooms, and in-text messaging.

It is not used to express “so much hate”. But it’s a pretty straightforward initialism.

History of SMH

SMH was first added to the Urban dictionary in 2004 with a meaning that’s identical to the initialism. It quickly found a home in memes and GIFs. And was popular on social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, etc.

 Google Trends says that this peak occurred in the year 2011 but then SMH grows less and less popular every year. This is due to GIF tools like GIPHY and Gfycat,  which are now integrated with social media sites, messengers, etc.

How to use SMH?

It’s a real-life thing, SMH is used in any situation where you want to actually shake your head in real life. If you overheard someone saying, “I don’t clean the pool every day”, you would probably move your head around in shock and disgust. But when this exactly happens online, the expression “SMH” is used to communicate an expression of dislike without typing more than three letters.

It doesn’t mean that SMH is always used by itself only. It can be combined with the opinion too, like “SMH they don’t know to work”.

You can use SMH anytime you wanted to physically shake your head. No big rules to the use of the phrase, also not many grammatical rules to SMH; just know that it’s used to express disbelief, disgust, disappointment, shock, or even for a joke, as you might teasingly shake your head for a laugh in real life.

You can use it at the start or end or even in the middle. You could also use only the word on its own, just to shake your head. There are also GIFs for SMH where you can use those instead of text.

Other similar acronyms for chats rooms

  • SLG: silly little grin
  • SOSO: same old, same old
  • BRB: Be right back
  • ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
  • ICYMI: In case you missed it
  • TL;DR: Too long, didn’t read
  • LMK: Let me know
  • NVM: Nevermind
  • TBH: To be honest
  • TBF: To be frank
  • RN: Right now
  • BTW: By the way
  • LOL: Laugh out loud
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • IDK: I don’t know
  • TBA: To be announced
  • TBD: To be decided