I've seen this many times on social media and I can't decide whether it has good or bad meaning.

Here is an example from twitter of a picture of a person with the statement saying


However the person's hair looks neutral to me and so it's hard to tell if this is a positive or negative statement.

  • Are you sure? "That X though" relates to a previous idea.
    – Lambie
    Oct 31, 2022 at 18:33
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    So it has a negative meaning!! Oct 31, 2022 at 18:46
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    I think it depends heavily on the context.
    – stangdon
    Oct 31, 2022 at 19:10
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    First thing to do is to link to the quotes on social media. It is bad to say "I've seen this a lot" but not provide any examples of the language in context. You can edit your post to include links.
    – James K
    Oct 31, 2022 at 19:22
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    @Lambie It is slang, and it seems like you are trying to interpret the phrase according to its literal English meaning rather than its slang meaning. The "tho" or "doe" in "That X tho" does not convey the literal meaning of the English word "though."
    – d_b
    Oct 31, 2022 at 21:44

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It depends heavily on context; however this is a common slang expression "That ___ tho" which is used to draw attention toward something which may or may not even have a "good or bad meaning".

For example,

These are pointing out "that hair tho" surrounded by context which provides a positive outlook:

These are more obviously broken up as "[look at] that hair tho" followed by the actual reaction

But even further, here is an example of neither good nor bad but a "don't know how I feel about it but look at that hair tho"

Finally, I'd note that contrary to "though" seeming to imply a negative light, "Dat tho" is

often used in online conversations to place a positive emphasis on a particular aspect or feature within a story, image or video that has been shared online.

The modern slang expression has roots in internet meme culture which used to more commonly be seen as "Dat ___ doe". https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/dat-tho

  • It is NOT slang. It points to an unfinished thought.
    – Lambie
    Oct 31, 2022 at 19:31
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    @Lambie not really, "that X tho" can just mean "look at that X".
    – Esther
    Oct 31, 2022 at 19:32
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    @Lambie the expression and usage examples("social media" in the question) are generally either online or younger generations and while there is some meaning which derives from the language's formal roots with "though", I think the expression's meaning evolved from online meme culture - mentalfloss.com/article/64323/evolution-noun-though. Years ago, you'd see similar expressions like "Dat __ doe" knowyourmeme.com/memes/dat-tho or urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dat%20%5Bblank%5D%20doe
    – ccchoy
    Oct 31, 2022 at 19:56
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    Interestingly, a lot of "That ___ tho" I see are more approving/positive than they are negative nowadays, but again it could go either way depending on context.
    – ccchoy
    Oct 31, 2022 at 19:57
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    @Lambie of course that's where it came from, but that's not how it's used now on the Internet. Most sources familiar with Internet slang/memes conclude that it's usually positive, although it can be used both ways.
    – Esther
    Nov 1, 2022 at 1:37

Probably it is used negatively most often, but there could be context that you are missing.

"Though" (or "tho'") indicates contrast. It has a similar sense to "but". It indicates restrictions of qualifications on what was said earlier.

"I was hunting for work. Jobs were scarce though" (examples and definition from Oxford dictionaries, via google)

Now if what was said before was positive, this would limit or contrast with the positive thing, and so would be negative.

Her makeup was nice, but that hair tho' ...

However, it could qualify or contrast with a negative.

Her makeup was crooked and awful, but that hair tho' ...

So the interpretation depends heavily on context.

  • Exactly and in a way, you put it at the end because you are really saying: But I don't like the hair. Her makeup was nice but I that hair though [is really bad]. For example. I do not understand why no one gets the difference between colloquial and slang.
    – Lambie
    Nov 1, 2022 at 1:09

The expression "That X though" can be used to be positive or negative.

Traditionally, it has been almost entirely negative in the sense Michael Harvey has pointed out in a comment.

But there's also a modern usage of it, especially associated with the North American gay community, where it's highly appreciative, often in a sexualizing way.

I found these two clips where it's used naturally in the modern sense of being appreciative of something sexually attractive. Note: They contain foul language.

So, your example of "That hair though" could be disparaging or appreciative, depending on how it's said and the context.


The phrase itself is contrasting a positive quality with some previously described negative quality. Like, "This car has uncomfortable seats. That sound system, though, is excellent."

In the example you give, it is being used ironically. It says something negative about Mr Cantor, and then makes this contrasting positive comment about his hair. The reader is expected to understand that having a handsome hair style is trivial while being "too clever" is important, so it's a joke, not a real compliment.

(I have no idea what Mr Cantor said that was "too clever" or what point the statement is trying to make. Which is just as well because I don't want to comment on the politics, just the use of English.)

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