DAE is a semi-popular internet slang term you might see on Reddit or Twitter. But what does it mean, where did it come from, and how do you use it?
Does Anybody Else…?
DAE is an internet initialism that stands for “does anybody else…”. Often, someone will use it when asking if others share a particular habit or experience. You don’t see DAE as much outside of Reddit, but it occasionally pops up in chatrooms or on social media.
Some people use DAE to mock the opinions or habits of others. For example, if someone had a ridiculous habit, like putting ketchup on ice cream, you might sarcastically respond with, “DAE want a ketchup-flavored Ben and Jerry’s?”
You could use DAE to mock someone who thinks their mainstream opinions or habits are special. If someone brags about only buying soft toothbrushes, you could reply with, “DAE own a toothbrush?”
A Product of Reddit
DAE was probably coined on the /r/AskReddit subreddit. There, people ask each other deep questions, like, “What would you do differently if you were 15 again?”
Evidently, though, everyone on /r/AskReddit got tired of the “does anybody else” style posts because, in 2009, they pushed everything to the /r/DoesAnybodyElse subreddit (not to be confused with /r/DAE, a clone forum created one month after /r/DoesAnybodyElse.)
From the start, /r/DoesAnybodyElse posts began with the abbreviation DAE. While this seems like a thin reference to Reddit’s AMA (ask me anything) posts, /r/DoesAnybodyElse predates the /r/AMA subreddit by about a month. (/r/AMA was technically created first, but it wasn’t active until September of 2009).
The abbreviation spread from Reddit, although it isn’t nearly as popular as other internet slang terms. If you use it on Facebook or Twitter (or even on some subreddits), there’s a good chance people won’t know what you’re talking about. But, hey, it’s a useful abbreviation, so let’s try to make it more popular.
How to Use DAE
You’ll most often see DAE at the beginning of a sentence, but you can use it anywhere you’d use the phrase “does anybody else?” in a sentence.
For example, you might ask, “DAE hate the taste of orange soda?” You could also say, “I put peanut butter on my eggs, DAE?”
Again, DAE is also used to mock people online. This is difficult to pull off without a heavy dose of sarcasm, absurdism, or reductionism, though.
If someone brags about brushing his teeth every day, for example, you could mock him by saying, “DAE have basic hygiene?” You could take things in a different direction by asking, “DAE think brushing your teeth every day is crazy?”