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Meaning of BBML


What Does BBML Mean?

BBML means "Be Back Much Later". BBML is typically used on instant-messaging platforms (e.g., Skype, gaming chat, chat forums) to mean "Be Back Much Later". It announces that the participant will be away for an extended amount of time.

BBML contrasts with BBL ("Be Back Later"), which suggests a break of up to a few hours, and BRB ("Be Right Back"), which is used to announce a brief absence.
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Definition for BBML

BBML means "Be Back Much Later". This is the most common definition for BBML on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about BBML:

BBML
Definition:Be Back Much Later
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write BBML, I mean this:

meaning of BBML
BBML implies that I won't be back for quite a long time.
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Examples of BBML in Sentences

Here are examples of BBML being used in conversations:
  • Interviewer: Congratulations, you've been selected for the job.
  • Applicant: Great! What's the salary?
  • Interviewer: 15K now, increasing to 30K later.
  • Applicant: Ok. BBML.
  • Tom: I am going to pop to the mall to grab a Pizza. Be right back.
  • Sarak: Are you crazy man? It's Thanksgiving. The mall is packed!
  • Tom: Well, in that case BBML. Ciao.

An Academic Look at BBML

BBML is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Bee Emm Ell), but as this is harder to say than "Be Back Much Later" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation BBML is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "be back soon" or "be back later" instead of using the abbreviation BBML.

A Text with BBML

Using BBML on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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