What Does B4U Mean in a Text?

B4U means "Before You." In text speak, B4U commonly means "Before You," in the sense of "prior to you." B4U can also mean "in preference to you" or "in front of you." For example:
  • I will speak to her B4U.
  • (In this sentence, B4U means prior to you.)
  • I would sleep with my grandpa B4U.
  • (In this sentence, B4U means in preference to you.)
  • Looking from up there, it's as if you have the whole world B4U you.
  • (In this sentence, B4U means in front of you.)
The actual meaning of B4U will be determined by the context in which it is used.

Of note, B4U is also the name of an Asian entertainment channel, specializing in Bollywood and Indian entertainment.

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When I write B4U, I mean this:

meaning of B4U

You should always think B4U drink - especially if you are going to drive.

Summary of Key Points

"Before you" is the most common definition for B4U on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Before you
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of B4U in Sentences

Here are examples of B4U being used in jokes and sayings:
  • Sharon: My husband and I were happy for 20 years.
  • Claire: Yes, I know. The 20 years B4U met.
  • Look B4U leap. Think B4U act. Earn B4U spend. Wait B4U judge. Live B4U die. Try B4U buy.

An Academic Look at B4U

B4U is defined as an "internet slang term" by our team because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most "slang terms" were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write a word or phrase, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, "slang terms" are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality.

"Slang terms" differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have jut said "before you" or something like "prior to you" or "in front of you" instead of using B4U.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of B4U Used in a Text

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