A user created a post seeking for help at https://www.reddit.com/r/rust/comments/pe10zj/looking_to_pay_people_to_teach_me_rust/.

Someone replied:

I might be able to help, hit me up.

And the user replied with:


What does "pn" mean here? Can't find it in dictionary. Urbandictionary has an entry that states it means "goodbye", but it seems doesn't fit in this context. Any ideas? Thanks.

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    I’m voting to close this question because this is based on a simple error by the author, and not an aspect of correct English in current use.
    – James K
    Aug 30, 2021 at 8:31
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    Come on, don't do that. You should understand that for non-native English speakers, it's not easy to identify cases like this. Things you take for granted sometimes seem hard to me. Aug 30, 2021 at 8:40
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    It's not targeted at you, it should be closed for future readers. I'll up vote this question. It's a good question. It just can't be answered in the context of Learning English. This question can't be useful to others unless it is a common error. It's not. The answer can only be "It's a mistake". Sure there is no way for a learner to know that so the question is good (+1) but not useful for the future (vtc)
    – James K
    Aug 30, 2021 at 8:46

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It's an error or typo for 'pm' or 'PM' (private message). Not everyone on Reddit is a native English speaker/writer, or even bothered about accuracy. See earlier post by that person:

TheRealEfte OP · 2h hmm i am not sure that this will be a good match but i pn'ed you with to just talk a bit about it. s

Do NOT expect good English on Reddit!

PM (noun)
informal abbreviation for private message: a message sent on a social media website that only the person it is sent to can see:

I sent you a PM yesterday. Did you get it?

PM (verb)
informal abbreviation for private message: to send someone a private message on a social media website:

PM me if you have any questions.

PM abbreviation (Cambridge Dictionary)

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    Thank you for reminding! Since I'm not a native English speaker, sometimes I suppose English speaking people are all good at it, which is not. Thanks again for the answer! Aug 30, 2021 at 8:37
  • "DM" meaning "direct message" is also used on some sites, notably Instagram.
    – randomhead
    Aug 30, 2021 at 11:29

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