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What is FEXTING? The OBSCENE roots of Jill and Joe Biden's 'fights via texts'

Jill Biden recently opened up about marriage to Joe Biden in an interview where she used the word 'fexting', possibly not knowing what it means
Jill said she is generally supportive of her husband despite the spats (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Jill said she is generally supportive of her husband despite the spats (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Jill Biden recently opened up about her 45-year marriage to Joe Biden in an interview, in which she used the word "fexting", possibly not knowing what it actually means. Jill told Harper's Bazaar that she and the President hash out their “occasional” fights via text messages, and described the act as “fexting". 

Jill may have assumed that the term is an amalgamation of the words 'fighting' and 'texting', but in reality it has an obscene meaning. According to Urban Dictionary, the word refers to "f**king while texting". The word can be used in various other contexts but it is never a slang for fighting via texting


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Urban Dictionary says that the word can also be used to describe a text sent by a girl, usually to another, which is full of fakeness. "A text sent by a girl (usually to another girl) full of fakeness. Being fake includes pretending to like her when you really just want to punch her in the face, complimenting her when really you're just making fun of her, and/or saying you need to hang out when really you'd rather stab yourself in the eye," the dictionary says.

Other contexts where "fexting" is used are when Facebook messages "of extreme sexual content" are exchanged between two parties. It can also refer to "Fake-Texting, the action of pretending to text message on your cell phone when someone you don't want to see or say hi to is walking right by you".

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jill told Harper’s Bazaar that she began the practice when she was second lady. She would have fights with her husband via text messages, she said, instead of arguing with him aloud in front of the Secret Service. The pair apparently still "fext" and Jill opened up about how she wrote something extremely hurtful to her husband during a fight. The president reportedly had to remind her that their text and email exchanges are kept as part of a historical record of each presidency. “Joe said, ‘You realize that’s going to go down in history. There will be a record of that.’ I won’t tell you what I called him that time,” she told the magazine. 

Jill, however, is generally supportive of her husband despite the spats, she revealed. "I try to be a support for Joe because I don’t know how many people are saying to him, ‘That was great. That was brilliant.’ I try to be that person for him,” she said. "Some days, I see Joe and I’m just like, ‘I don’t know how you’re doing it.’ It’s the pandemic and then it’s the war and then it’s the economy and then it’s the gas prices. You feel like you’re being slammed."

On the same day that this interview was released, a new Rasmussen Reports survey found that only 43% of likely voters approve of the president’s job performance, and 55% disapprove. His approval rating was as low as 38% in a recent Emerson poll.