What does “ion” mean in slang?

One of the subverted slang terms on TikTok is “ion”, which does not refer to the term ion but refers to “in other news.”

TikTok is a social media platform that has its own stars, culture and language. Therefore, there are some slang terms that are popularly used on TikTok which are not commonly used on other social media platforms, like Instagram and Twitter. In this regard, TikTok has, in recent years, become the pacemaker in the creation of slang terms, which then carry over to other social media platforms. Most of these terms are not new. However, they were forgotten or less used due to the advent of emojis, which replaced them.

One such term is the use of the abbreviated slang word, “ion.” The term does not mean “an atom or molecule with a net electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons”, as is the case in chemistry, nor does it mean “I do not”, as it has been used on Twitter. This is a trend that did not pick up because of how easily the term got lost in translation on the platform.

On TikTok, however, the slang term as shorthand has been reinstated to mean, “in other news.” The term on TikTok might translate as intended. However, the use of the term usually comes across as dismissive and rude. This is as it is meant to indicate a change in topic or to ask the other person to move on from the topic, on which they were speaking on. Which, on other social media platforms, has been replaced with the rolling-eyes emoji.

This again emphasises why the term is not popular on other platforms, as it can be misconstrued as being derogatory, which opens room for cyberbullying. However, on a platform like TikTok, the use of the word would not be seen to be specifically directed towards a person or fanbase. Instead, it would be directed at a video which does not focus on the current trending situations or topics focused on by a large portion of the content creators on the app.