There’s something about asterisks in a text message that causes a very high probability of annoying the person who receives it—partly because putting this seemingly innocent typographical symbol * is about being extra. Like, telling what’s in the back of your mind without uttering it, revealing your inner emotions that nobody really wants to know, and worst, *nodding the head* to creep the heck out of the recipient. Yep, some asterisks are seriously chilling.

The Reddit community r/CreepyAsterisks2 has been documenting the most absurd, cringey, and plain scary asterisks screenshotted in text messages.

From *sigh*-inducing pickup lines to plain bizarre cases of expressing one’s motion in text, like *leaning closer,* this subreddit is the uncharted terrain of the kind of messaging style that doesn’t work that well for communicating. So let’s see some of the most cringe-inducing examples that will make you curl up like Arby’s curly fries.

#1

He's Been Begging For Weeks To Do A "Sexy Roleplay" With Me. I Finally Said Yes. I Think He Regrets Everything Now

He's Been Begging For Weeks To Do A "Sexy Roleplay" With Me. I Finally Said Yes. I Think He Regrets Everything Now

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Noez 🇸🇪
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1 month ago

*applause*

BoredPanda is awesome
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1 month ago

*clapping and music plays*

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Mishte Tine
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t say yes just to harm someone’s feelings. The guy wasn’t being odd or strange... darn you. Don’t do this. I’d get it if it was unwanted, but you signed up. Mean and wrong. Poor guy. He was being nothing but romantic. Maybe think first. heOwlAndTheFinch (I hope that isn’t a Kelly reference).

Evelína Zlá
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually agree... She just wanted to have something to post to her friends. She is the as*hole in this one.

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JRibax
Community Member
1 month ago

this one is great. finally someone who gives an appropriate answer...

Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL That was awesome!

Marnie
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm disappointed that this is at #1. Applauding someone being mean (albeit humorously) is not usually the style of us here at BP.

BeenElle
Community Member
1 month ago

Agreed. Roleplaying might not be for everyone but she agreed to it and then just took the opportunity to be deliberately difficult. It’s like she only said yes so she could make fun of him.

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Binxyminxem
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1 month ago

I thought this was going to end in "I put on my robe and wizard hat"

YoChicken
Community Member
1 month ago

THAT WAS AWESOME

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. He tried hard.

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Well played!

Thatoneguy
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol

🧈Beanie the Dog🧈
Community Member
1 month ago

This is amazing.

boop boop
Community Member
1 month ago

ASKDAKSJDHASKJDH STOP IM GONNA DIE

Phoenix
Community Member
1 month ago

Well now I want to watch this play out in real life

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
1 month ago

I will print this out and frame it on a wall.

BoredPanda is awesome
Community Member
1 month ago

THAT WAS AMAZING!!! WELL DONE!!!

Ava Musselman
Community Member
1 month ago

her: "why do you have so many kitchens?" Me: "BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH FOOD!!"

StormWolf
Community Member
1 month ago

This woman is my hero :) Well played

あんぱんまん
Community Member
1 month ago

yas! instant regret! hahaha

Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Lmao

akiwi
Community Member
2 weeks ago

also, it has a million candles and yummy icecream.

Bruh
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Love it

Caleigh Moffett
Community Member
4 weeks ago

-throws roes-

Caleigh Moffett
Community Member
4 weeks ago

(Rose

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BingeFest1
Community Member
1 month ago

That's the shittiest roleplay ever. If you can even call it that

Elizabeth G
Community Member
1 month ago

I swear I know this person 😂

Adam Rindegård
Community Member
1 month ago

*laughs my buttocks hard enough to detach and fly away into the night sky of an ikea window*

Timmy
Community Member
1 month ago

Why do people think texts are romantic?

BeenElle
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s not that different from an old fashioned love letter. What’s the big deal? We use our words to express ourselves.

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#2

S T O P

S T O P

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Jihana
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1 month ago

Love her answer :-D

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#3

At Least He's Achieved Multiple Awards With His 147 Iq

At Least He's Achieved Multiple Awards With His 147 Iq

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

What the hell? The pure fact that men like this exist makes me wanna hide in some remote location with no internet

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These days, everything we do is via texts. We fall in love, we break up, we check on a friend, we send birthday wishes, we talk to mom and dad. Picking up the phone feels so last season, but this study says that too much texting can be harmful to our relationships.

The research conducted by Brigham Young University suggested that committed couples who use text messages to figure out their arguments can become disconnected. This is because text arguing lowers relationship quality, which essentially needs genuine face-to-face communication. 

At the same time, texting is now a quintessential part of any dating game. We know that millennials are not that much into going on dates, but texting back and forth is a whole different thing. And thanks to the worldwide pandemic, it’s not going anywhere soon. 

#4

*sweats A Lot*

*sweats A Lot*

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JustCallMeKat
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1 month ago

LMAO

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#5

*lays Across Your Lap*

*lays Across Your Lap*

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Brett
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1 month ago

Who thinks this is a good idea to send??

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#6

Now Listen Here Missy

Now Listen Here Missy

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I feel the strong urge to bleach my eyes. Nubian Goddess? darkie waifu? What the hell

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So is there a way to actually have a meaningful text conversation with someone you’re into? It turns out, this is super difficult. Because according to experts, virtual dating is not the same as real dating, and texting shouldn’t be confused with being in a relationship. 

Modern dating coach Sami Wunder warns us to beware of the texting trap. Sami, who teaches women rational dating, says that going all into the first man who shows interest is the worst way to go. "You don't want to text with men too much because the more you text, the more virtual it gets."

#7

What A Birch

What A Birch

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

So many errors for someone with an 159 IQ

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#8

A Classic

A Classic

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

No just no...

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#9

Found This Screenshot From Last April In My Phone

Found This Screenshot From Last April In My Phone

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Me:*loses brain cells*

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According to Sami, “The more available you become in their heads, the less likely they are to ask you out for an actual meeting. Because honestly, there are men out there who just want a beautiful penpal."

Penpalling may sound like a good idea for some, but if you’re looking for true and meaningful relationships, you may opt for a real date. But as long as most of us are all in quarantine, a video call may as well do the job.

#10

Oh God, Why

Oh God, Why

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Levity Camilleri
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect response

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#11

You Know, A Usual Hooking Up Tactic

You Know, A Usual Hooking Up Tactic

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

His tail what’s a tail or is this a monkey (please explain not being rude)

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#12

Chubby Chubby Chubby

Chubby Chubby Chubby

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あんぱんまん
Community Member
1 month ago

this one needs some help...

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#13

Unlike You I Know How Facebook Works

Unlike You I Know How Facebook Works

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Levity Camilleri
Community Member
1 month ago

Unlike you I know how Facebook works... Well unlike you I know how being not a creepy weirdo works but we can't all have everything can we?

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#14

Inner Monologue As Tinder Opener

Inner Monologue As Tinder Opener

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Hans
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1 month ago

This one is slightly sad.

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#15

I'll Just Decide Your Personality For You

I'll Just Decide Your Personality For You

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Me:*slowly grabs something from under me*...it’s bleach *slowly unscrews lid dumps whole container into my eyes* all better now!

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#16

I Guess The Expected Reaction Was Supposed To Be: "Omg No Sry R U Ok Cutie? ;^;"

I Guess The Expected Reaction Was Supposed To Be: "Omg No Sry R U Ok Cutie? ;^;"

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Flisey
Community Member
1 month ago

How do you know they squirm? You can lick their feet but you can't tell them how to act. Role play 101 people!

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#17

This Was A Classic

This Was A Classic

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Jihana
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1 month ago

*muzzles the doggy, puts him in a crate and takes him to the vet to get neutered*

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#18

*Sweats On You*

*Sweats On You*

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m so confused he held the door open for her and she is not madly in love with him is there something wrong with this girl?! (It’s a joke)

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#19

Mmh Yuss :3

Mmh Yuss :3

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Mere Cat
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1 month ago (edited)

At least this one: 1) Respected the NO 2) Apologised 3) Didn't start insulting

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#20

Y... You Like Anime?

Y... You Like Anime?

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DKS 001
Community Member
1 month ago

ugh ... why do they think rpg is the way to a girl's heart? Just be straight up and honest. You have a boner, your hormones are raging. Either way, the answer is no. The girl will let you know if she's interested in you. Else, leave her the f**k alone.

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#21

*looks At Scribble Writting On Hand*

*looks At Scribble Writting On Hand*

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Why do people do this?

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#22

*shoots Self*

*shoots Self*

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Banjo Peppers
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1 month ago

*laughs while tipping my fedora* m’cringe

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#23

Le Gentleman

Le Gentleman

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Ooooomangos
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1 month ago

He’s the co-founder of whocares CO. That’s the only good thing about this.

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#24

M’lady

M’lady

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

On the one hand, this is about the only entry that doesn't go for full-on sexual aggression so should be commended; on the other hand, the other entries show that it's just on "OK?"-response away from that.

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#25

I’m Just Gonna Randomly Text This Person!

I’m Just Gonna Randomly Text This Person!

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

Why use a word you think the girl will not understand in the first place? Instead of using a complicated word to make yourself feel smart, and then describe it to make the girl feel dumb, just use the less complicated word.

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#26

Not Trying To Get You Drunk!

Not Trying To Get You Drunk!

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UncleTrash
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1 month ago

My dude, you're a predator, you know that right?

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#27

Just Some Accidental Chest Touching, No Need To Be Alarmed

Just Some Accidental Chest Touching, No Need To Be Alarmed

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Banjo Peppers
Community Member
1 month ago

Lmao nothing sexier than reading an etymology dictionary.

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#28

Why

Why

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Alex K
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1 month ago

to crush my enemies, see them driven before me , and hear the lamentations of their women

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#29

But He Nuzzled Her!

But He Nuzzled Her!

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Vanta Black
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1 month ago

"Hello, police?"

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#30

Fancy Face...

Fancy Face...

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Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

I believe this is exactly how Prince Albert wooed Queen Victoria. "Hey there fancy face, you'd look good on a coin."

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#31

"Nice To Meet You"

"Nice To Meet You"

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Vanta Black
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1 month ago

"I can run really fast. Watch."

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