The =/= sign is used in texting (and chat) to show that the speaker is unsure of something or unable to decide between two options. The phrase “I don’t know” may be expressed as “=/.” The same convention can be used for a range of other expressions, including “I don’t care” and “it doesn’t matter.”
The symbol originated in Japan and has since spread throughout many Asian countries. It is used in English-speaking countries as well, although it does not have the same degree of acceptance in these regions as it does in Asia.
In some cases, =/= may be used simply because it looks similar to another common symbol: the equal sign (=). This has led to some confusion among people who are unfamiliar with the meaning of this symbol.
Last modified: August 7, 2022