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Meaning of BTW

What Does BTW Mean? (Using BTW Online)

BTW (By The Way) is typically used to change subject during a conversation. It can be used as a preamble or a postamble to signify the change of subject. For example:
  • BTW I like your hair.
  • (Here, BTW is a preamble, i.e., before the text.)
  • I like your hair BTW.
  • (Here, BTW is a postamble, i.e., after the text.)
Of note, BTW is occasionally used to mean "back to work".
Summary of Key Points

Definition for BTW

BTW means "By the Way". This is the most common definition for BTW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about BTW:

BTW
Definition:By the Way
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write BTW, I mean this:

meaning of BTW
BTW is commonly used to change subject during a conversation.
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Examples of BTW in Sentences

Here is an example of BTW being used in a conversation:
  • Person A: Jack and Jill are going up the hill later.
  • Person B: She'll like that.
  • Person A: BTW my cat brought someone's hamster home last night.
  • Person B: No way!
  • Person A: Yes way!

An Academic Look at BTW

BTW is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Tee Dublyu), but as this is less intuitive to say than "by the way," it is not often said using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation BTW is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "changing the subject" instead of BTW.

A Text with BTW

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

 
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