Learn all the new ‘Among Us’ lingo so you won’t look sus
Among Us is the new hit craze on the internet. You can barely scroll through Twitter before you come across an article, meme, or post about the game. Even the official Fall Guys Twitter account has praised the murder msytery game.
However, if you’re new to the game you may find people who have been playing longer than you using words & slang you don’t quite understand, and if you interpret them wrong you could accidentally find yourself getting thrown out of the airlock – whether you’re an impostor or not.
So, to help you avoid some unnecessary accusations of murder we put together a list of some words & phrases you’ll need to know to navigate the chat in Among Us a little smoother. And since Among Us is a great game for people who aren’t usually gamers, we’ve also added some common video game slang that applies to all games.
Sus is probably the most common word you’ll find in any given chatroom in Among Us. “Sus” is simply short for the word “suspect” or “suspicious”. So anyone who seems to have the potential to be an impostor is most definitely sus and you should let everyone know.
Elec is another shortened word in Among Us, and while it isn’t as common, not knowing this one could definitely make you look a little sus. “Elec” is short for “electrical”, which refers to a section on the most popular map, The Skeld. It’s also a common place to find bodies since there’s a dark & secluded area in the back of the room.
Without voice chat it’s a lot easier to just type “elec” when telling people where you were or where a body was found.
Third impostor is definitely not something you want to be accused of. Most games of Among Us have two impostors, so being accused of acting as a third one means that people either think you’re being stupid and throwing the game, or are intentionally inciting chaos for the fun of it, thus making it hard for the crewmates to win.
Speaking of throwing a game, in Among Us (and some other games) it isn’t uncommon to hear things like “you’re throwing” or “oh I don’t want to throw this”. While this initially meant something akin to “losing on purpose” it has now come to mean “losing in a way that’s embarrassing”.
If you walk past an impostor mid-kill, but didn’t notice and keep going, then you’re definitely throwing. On the other hand if you do see the kill and pretend you didn’t, then you’re a hardcore third impostor.
While this one should be easy to figure out if you’ve played Among Us, if you’re reading this article because you watch streamers play it’s possible you haven’t quite worked this one out.
Venting refers to an action impostors can take that crewmembers can’t. Impostors can pop into vents and then appear in other rooms without walking through the hallways. However, go in or out at the wrong time and a crewmate might spot you doing it.
AFK is a popular gaming initialism, but is also widely used during games of Among Us. AFK stands for “away from keyboard”, so if you’ve walked away from your computer during a game for some reason then you’re AFK. Sometimes people lie about being AFK as a defense in Among Us or pretend to be AFK for a round in order to seem less sus.
This can backfire though. If someone randomly accuses you and you aren’t defending yourself in chat, odds are everyone will vote you out if that happens.
Another non-game specific initialism, GG means “good game”. It’s a quick way to be a good sport and let others know you’ve appreciated playing with them. Whether you’ve won or lost it never hurts to throw a “gg” into the chat.