Did you get the 411 about the dance next week?
No. When is it?
Friday at 7pm.
|511||Too much information|
|FYI||For your information|
|TMI||Too much information|
|WTMI||Way too much information|
|2MI||Too much information|
|AFAIK||As far as I know|
|JFI||Just for information|
|JSYK||Just so you know|
|Spill the tea||Share the gossip|
411 is a term that refers to information, often about something specific, like an event, topic, or person. For example, your friend may text you, "Give me the 411 on your friend Dena. Is she single?"
Origin of 411
The slang term 411 originated from the U.S. phone number by the same numbers. Before the Internet, dialing 411 in the 20th century was similar to getting on Google to search for information. People would dial 411 to connect with an operator that answered information-related questions, such as the location of a business or the phone number for a person.
Eventually, the number became so well known that people began colloquially referring to information about things as 411. Although people no longer dial 411 for information, you may still see or hear it in messages, emails, online, and in person when someone is searching for information.
Additionally, people may also use 411 when wanting to know how people are feeling or juicy gossip. For example, your friend may text you, "Just got out of a meeting. What's the 411 on Ben and Jen?!?"