What does ‘mid’ mean on TikTok?


The crushed face of a man being called ‘mid’ (Picture: Getty)

As yet another attempt to make one feel old and out-of-touch, many of you are flocking to Google to ask: ‘What on Earth does mid mean?’.

This is no doubt because you have braved the Gen Z landscape known as TikTok lately, where the ‘mid’ hashtag has been viewed over 1.3 billion times.

But why has it become so popular and just what does it mean?

We’ve got you covered in an article that we hope you won’t think of as mid…

What does ‘mid’ mean?

Mid, as per Urban Dictionary, is used to insult or degrade an opposing opinion, labelling it as average or poor quality.

They give an example of: ‘We waited on that album for three months but it was mid!’

How rude.

POV: Gen Z commenting ‘mid’ on your latest TikTok video (Picture: Getty)

So, in short, if something you do, wear, or say gets called ‘mid’ by a youth, you’re being called mediocre, or ‘just okay.’

But try not to obsess about it.

Where did ‘mid’ come from?

The origins of ‘mid’ are unknown, with many believing it is either shorthand for ‘middle of the road’ or ‘mediocre’.

Either way, the term was popularised by an American professional wrestler.

You could say this wrestler has TikTok users in a chokehold.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman, while hyping himself up pre-fight, dissed his opponent who hails from America’s Midwest, said: ‘It’s called the Midwest because everything in it is mid.

‘Skyline chilli? Mid.

‘The Cincinnati reds who haven’t won a world series since 1️9️9️0️? Muh-muh-muh-mid.’

‘And every single person who lives here is mid.’

That one had to hurt more than a body slam.

To add insult to injury, the audio clip of him saying that quickly took off, being used by other TikTok users to describe everything from Netflix shows to fashion looks as simply… mid.

Social media being social media, the audio has been repurposed for lots of controversial takes too, including opinions on exercise classes and brands of alcohol.


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