What Does BBML Mean in a Text?

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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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When I write BBML, I mean this:

meaning of BBML

BBML implies that I won't be back for quite a long time.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

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 Say before Texting and Social Media?

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

Example of BBML Used in a Text

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