The Meaning and Usage of PMO
PMO is an acronym commonly used to ask a creator on TikTok for recommendations or information. It’s mainly found in comments and mid-video descriptions. PMO is simply the short-form version of “Put Me On.”
When you ask someone to put you on, you’re generally asking them to give tell you something you don’t know, give a piece of advice, or allow you to have access to something.
“Put me on” in conversation is more of a street or younger generation slang, but it is understood by almost everyone.
Similar phrases include:
- Let me know (LMK)
- Show me how
- Tell me where/how
- Link me up
- Give me access to
What Does PMO Mean On Tiktok? A Guide To Common Acronyms And Slang
The Origin of PMO
Unlike any other online slang that originates from one specific creator, or a trend, this one dates all the way back to 1937.
The first notable use of the phrase “Put me on” is by Mark Twain, an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.
He was praised as the “greatest humorist the United States has produced”, and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature.”
The famous humorist said, “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who mean it.”
The phrase evolved over time to mean almost the same thing but not to be used formally in professional conversations and emails.
Today, it is mostly used in street culture, online, and in Rap/Hip-hop culture, while its abbreviated form is only common on TikTok and is yet to be understood by many.
How to Use “PMO” in Content Creation
PMO is easily used in content creation and is most commonly used in comments of different TikToks. Therefore, as a creator, you’ll most likely be replying to a comment that says “PMO” rather than using it yourself.
Here are a few examples of the best way to use PMO, and almost all of these examples have comments from confused followers asking what it means.
In this example, the creator, Melsli replies to a comment asking him to put them on to what he uses for detoxifications, and he replies with a video of the product he uses. He says, “Ima put you on heavy,” this is by far the most common way you’ll encounter “PMO” on TikTok.
In a content creation example, creator trayahh describes what it’s like when her friend puts her on with a boy they’re interested in. She communicates the concept of the video by using the “This is crazy” sound and vibes to it as if it was a real-life situation. One of the very few examples of how you can use PMO in video creation.
In another example that is similar to the one before, the creator, yhateace makes a POV on what it’s like when someone asks him to put them on with his friend that doesn’t cheat. A funny skit in which he describes what it’s like how many of his friends will not cheat.
Check out the comments on all of these previous examples, almost nobody knows what PMO means, and it is a huge advantage to creators using it.
Finally, the best way to use PMO in a video is in the middle of context to avoid writing the whole phrase, but the most common way you’ll encounter it is in comments.
While using popular acronyms and slang is a great way to relate to your followers, not-so-common acronyms like PMO can help inspire engagement through confusion.
The number of people who are going to ask what it means will influence others to reply and, in return, help you boost your reach. This is also common with slang and acronyms that have more than one meaning.
Try using PMO in your next video to see if you can confuse enough viewers and boost your reach without paying for promotion or hopping on a trend.