Contents: Meaning | Origin | Spread


What does Pron/Pr0n mean?

The word is used in online slang, to refer to adult entertainment – be it internet or general – in a secretive manner.

It is also used as a search word for avoiding filters, looking for the actual word. Pron can often be found in filenames, where it is a code not to be understood by everyone.

It is often seen with the letter 0 in place of the “o” in order to make it more undecipherable, as well as written backwards (norp) and written phonetically (prawn).

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What's the origin of Pron/Pr0n?

Pron originates from chatrooms, where it has been probably first seen as a typo, mixing the order of the middle letters.

It gained big recognition and spread into the slang used by the leet (1337) community. This is possibly the point, where the “0” replaced the “o” as letters are often replaced by numbers in this online community.

Spread and Usage

How did Pron/Pr0n spread?

The word quickly spread and became widely used on the internet chatrooms. Its popularity only increased with memes, such as Safe for Work content.

It can most often be seen on Reddit and 4chan, as well as memesites and memegroups on Facebook and Instagram.

Published: 01/13/2020 by | Last updated: 02/17/2021 | 1,246 views | Report error

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