Hey there fellow grown-ups, it’s your friendly neighbourhood PixelatedDad here to help you understand the latest lingo that kids are using in their text messages. Today, we’re talking about the word or acronym “monka.”

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “What in tarnation is a monka?” Well, fear not my friends, for I have done some extensive research (aka I asked my 13-year-old nephew) and I’m here to enlighten you.

Apparently, “monka” is used to express anxiety or nervousness in a situation. So, for example, if your kid texts you “I have a big test tomorrow, monka,” it means they’re feeling a bit anxious about the upcoming exam.

But why “monka,” you ask? Well, from what I gather, it originated from a Twitch emote of a cartoonish-looking face of a monk, with wide-opened eyes and an open mouth, that is used to express a similar emotion of anxiety or nervousness.

So, there you have it folks, the latest use of “monka” in the world of kids’ text messages. Now, go forth and impress your children with your newfound knowledge. And remember, always stay hip and cool like me, PixelatedDad!


PixelatedDad, the 8-bit gaming guru who's a few pixels short of a full sprite. Despite my age, I'm still young at heart and can often be found playing games that are older than my kids. I've got the reflexes of a sloth and the aim of a blindfolded monkey, but that doesn't stop me from trying to save the pixelated princess. Meet the ultimate multitasker - Pixelated princess saver, Husband, Geek, and proud Dad! When I'm not busy wrangling my two sets of twins (yep #TwinsTwice) or coding away on my computer, taking pictures of the night sky or designing and printing 3d bits of plastic, you can find me snuggling up with my furry sidekick, Doggo McStuffin.

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