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What Does The NaM Emote Mean? Origin & How To Use It

If you have been in a Twitch stream you have probably seen or heard people say “NaM”. But what does this mean? 

In this article I go over the meaning of “NaM”, the origin, and how you can use this emote on Twitch and Youtube as a viewer and as a streamer. 

What Does The NaM Emote Mean On Twitch?

The NaM emote on Twitch means, “Weebs, get the F*** out!”. It is often used in response to the AYAYA emote or when someone says or does something super nerdy on stream or in chat. Twitch users will also spam this emote anytime the country Vietnam is mentioned since it sends in ‘-nam’.

Although some users will use the emote as a racist trope, it is not the true meaning of the emote and it is only a handful of users who sadly choose to use the emote in such a way.

NaM Emote

NaM Emote Origin?

The NaM emote is based on Twitch streamer Robbie “Namja” and is a screenshot taken of Namja during one of his streams. It was uploaded to BTTV on December 12th, 2015 by NightDev and later to FFZ on June 17th, 2017 by Zugren. It is the 4th most used BTTV emote and has been used over 1.9 billion times.

The reason the NaM emote gets spammed so much in chats it because of how big it is. The big emote takes up a lot of space and it can be a way to troll streamers and viewers.

The NaM emote is also used to counter the AYAYA emote. Responding to an AYAYA emote with a NaM emote can start a spam war in chat where chatters spam the NaM emote and the AYAYA emote back and forth to each other.

Given the popularity of the NaM emote, users have created spinoffs such as the MaN emote which features a young Billy Harrington with a gaming headset on.

MaN Emote

These other emotes have a decent sized following, but none are as popular as the NaM emote.

When interviewed, Robbie “Namja” said he likes the emote and that it is neat being the face of such a popular emote.

He said some of his favorite uses of the emote are when people use it to recognize the country Vietnam being brought up or when people put a “7” next to the NaM emote.

For more of the back story behind this legendary emote, check out the video below.

How To Use The NaM Emote On Twitch?

  1. Add the FFZ or the BTTV Google extensions to your Twitch account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the NaM emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “NaM” in the streamer’s Twitch chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The NaM emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

Make sure you type NaM exactly as it appears with the correct spelling and capitalization. If you don’t, it won’t work. Also, a streamer must have the emote enabled on either BTTV or FFZ in order for it to work. 

Another cool thing is that if you are on PC, you can just click the little emoji button and select which emote you want to send in Twitch chat.

Twitch Emote Button

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Twitch account and adding FFZ to your Twitch account. These guides are helpful for both streamers and viewers. 

How To Use The NaM Emote On Youtube?

  1. Add the BTTV Google extension to your Youtube account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the NaM emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “NaM” in the streamer’s chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The NaM emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Youtube account. This guide will help regardless if you are a streamer or a viewer. 

Unfortunately, FFZ and Youtube Gaming are not currently compatible and so you will only be able to use this emote on Youtube with the BTTV extension. 

When To Use The NaM Emote?

The NaM emote is best used when someone is being extra nerdy on stream or in chat and you want to tell them to get out. It is also commonly used when the country Vietnam is brought up or when someone types the AYAYA emote in chat.

As you can see the emote has several different meanings and can be used in multiple situations.

Why Is The NaM Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

Here are common reasons why the NaM emote may not be appearing in chat:

  1. The viewer trying to use the emote does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  2. The streamer does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  3. The streamer does not have the NaM emote enabled on their channel.
  4. The viewer is trying to use the emote on mobile.
  5. The person did not type “NaM” correctly.
  6. Twitch or Youtube banned the emote.

The reasons listed above are the most common reasons why the NaM emote won’t work in chat. 

If you feel like you have checked off everything listed above, and the NaM emote still won’t work for you, then check out my article here where I go into more detail as to why your emotes may not be working and how to fix it. 

How To Pronounce NaM?

NaM is pronounced “nam”. It sounds like the ‘-nam’ ending in the word Vietnam.

Who Is In The NaM Emote?

The person in the NaM emote is Twitch streamer Namja. His real name is Robbie and he began streaming in 2011.

Is The NaM Emote Banned On Twitch?

The NaM emote is not banned on Twitch. Some streamers choose to ban the emote from their channel because they feel that it has a racist undertone, but Twitch itself has never banned the emote.

What Does NaM 7 Mean?

NaM 7, or the NaM emote followed by the #7 is meant to represent a salute. When you put the #7 next to the NaM emote it looks like he is saluting. Users will type the NaM emote with a salute to thank a streamer or to say goodbye to them if the stream is ending.

In fact, anytime you see the # 7 next to a word or an emote in chat it is meant to be a salute symbol. For example, the letter ‘O’ and the number ‘7’ together are meant to look like a person saluting. O7.

It can be used in a lot of different ways, but I just wanted to show you what it means in case you were lost for a long time like I was.

Is Namja Banned On Twitch?

Namja is not banned on Twitch. In his about section on Twitch he mentions that he streams less now because of his job, but he is not banned from the platform.

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