Dr. Phil took to Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, October 23 with an internet meme question: what is sksksk?
The psychologist-turned-television host claimed he's been getting a lot of "sksksk" comments, and is desperate to know what it means. He also asks fans to explain "VSCO girls" – or V-S-C-O girls, as he says it – and "and I oop."
Buckle up, Phil.
All of these words and phrases have to do with the general VSCO girl trend, which was born out of TikTok in mid-2019. It's a personality type that can apply to people of any gender.
Do you put your hair up in a scrunchie? Do you wear oversized t-shirts? Do you talk in internet slang? If so, you're probably a VSCO girl.
Now, let's dissect "sksksk" and "and I oop."
It might be hard to believe, but "sksksk" is a way of typing laughter online. It's a form of keyboard vomit, in which internet users "laugh" so hard that they can't even type.
Classic internet vomit laughing looks like "fjaskjlsdjl," but "sksksksk" is a far more condensed and simplified version. And since VSCO girls say internet slang IRL (that's in real life, Phil), they're always saying "sksksk."
Even Jeff Goldblum says "sksksk" – so he might be a VSCO boy, too!
here’s a video of jeff goldblum going sksksk you’re welcome pic.twitter.com/piFzTDi3up— gracie (@breathinmyair) August 24, 2019
AND I OOP
Ever been in the middle of a though and gotten interrupted halfway? That's the spirit of "And I Oop."
You're in the middle of a thought: "and I"
And then something happens: "oop!"
That's what happened to Jasmine Masters, star of RuPaul's Drag Race, who accidentally started the viral phrase while sitting on her balls in a YouTube video. Ouch!
Now, the phrase has caught on – even referred to as "Anna Ou" as a proper name. Make sense? We hope so.
VSCO girls combine "sksksk" and "and I oop," along with their signature scrunchies, Hydroflasks and metal straws. See the original viral VSCO girl TikTok that popularized it all, below, from Katie (@koobydoobydoobydoo).
Now you're caught up, Dr. Phil. Good luck!