What’s That Mean?

Defining the Most Confusing American Words and Phrases

Experts at the writing app ProWritingAid analyzed Google search data for the phrase ‘What does … mean' to reveal the terms Americans wish to be defined the most. ProWritingAid categorized the words by type: slang, political, medical, and angel numbers.

Whether you're on a mission of personal growth, eager to see social justice prevail, or want to avoid the scrutiny and scolding of millennial colleagues, these are the most confusing terms worth knowing.

Pushin' P is a slang term that's most commonly used to mean acting with integrity and style while maintaining and displaying one's success, similar to the slang terms “keeping it player” and “keeping it real.”

Pushin' P

There are an estimated 150,000 searches monthly for the meaning of ‘SMH.' Short for shaking my head, SMH is an internet slang abbreviation used to convey disappointment, disapproval, frustration, or impatience.


“Pansexual refers to someone who is romantically, emotionally, or sexually attracted to people of any gender or regardless of their gender,” according to Dictionary.com. When it comes to attraction, gender is not important.


The word's definition is noting or relating to a gender identity that does not fit into the traditional male/female division. It is an umbrella term for those who don't feel comfortable being categorized as predominantly masculine or feminine.


Let's Go Brandon is a euphemistic phrase used by critics of U.S. President Joe Biden. The expression became popular to express opposition to Joe Biden without using the explicit phrase it represents.

Let's Go Brandon

Encanto is a Spanish word that translates as “charm” in English. The term gained popularity in response to the release of the popular Disney film of the same name and is still sparking interest across the U.S. Just don't ask about Bruno.


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