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What does deadass mean in

MY MOM DEADASS SENT THE OBAMAS A WEDDING INVITATION ...

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I searched on the web. Deadass can mean:

  1. a fool/idiot
  2. to be completely serious

The first one is not quite likely, as she wouldn't call her mon a fool/idiot. The second one seems to be the usage as an adjective. So, what is the exact meaning of deadass in the context?

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For context, I found the entire tweet here:

MY MOM DEADASS SENT THE OBAMAS A WEDDING INVITATION BACK IN MARCH AND JUST RECEIVED THIS IN THE MAIL. I'M HOLLERING

It means seriously. It's used as an adverb, not an adjective:

MY MOM SERIOUSLY SENT THE OBAMAS A WEDDING INVITATION

It suggests shock or disbelief. It's slang, so you're not advised to use it any formal writing or speech.

Here's some relevant info from Know Your Meme:

About

Deadass is a slang term that means “Seriously.” It spiked in popularity in the fall of 2016 thanks to use in memes on Black Twitter.

Origin

The origins of “Deadass” are unknown, though it is believed to have come from New York City. The first known online definition of “Deadass” appeared on Urban Dictionary on June 30th, 2003. User Tai defined “Deadass” as:

To be completely and honestly serious.
A reply used by people who have been questioned on the truth of their comment.
To be truthful and not lie.
A truncation of the phrase “dead ass serious”.

  • I'm sure it shares a similar origin as the dead in 'deadpan' – Pureferret Aug 3 '17 at 11:25

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