What Does BAO Mean in a Text?

BAO means "Be Aware Of." The abbreviation BAO is typically used in text speak to mean "Be Aware Of," in the sense of "watch out for." For example:
  • BAO the speed trap on Main Street!
Of note, when spoken like a word, "BAO" is also a contraction of "gua bao," a snack food from Taiwan which consists of a portion of flat, steamed bread, filled with stewed meat and condiments.

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meaning of BAO

BAO means "Be Aware Of," i.e., Watch Out For.

Summary of Key Points

"Be Aware of " is the most common definition for BAO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Be Aware of
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of BAO in Sentences

Here are examples of BAO being used in conversations and jokes:
  • Karen: BAO of the fact that I require three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid.
  • Shirley: Not so sure about the first two, but I'm pretty sure you should be okay with attracting the last group.
  • BAO the fact that men and women were created equal. However, women continued to improve.

An Academic Look at BAO

The abbreviation BAO is used to form an imperative sentence. The main verb (i.e., "aware") is in the imperative mood, which is verb form used to make a command or a request. For example:
  • BAO the weather forecast before you set off.
  • BAO the colour of the snow before you melt it for water.
As the abbreviation BAO is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Bee Eh Oh"), it is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "watch out for" or "be alert for" instead of using BAO.

Example of BAO Used in a Text

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