What Does BTOBS Mean?

BTOBS means "Be There Or Be Square." The abbreviation BTOBS is commonly associated with an event and implies that anyone who's cool and hip will be there. If you don't go, people will think you're a "nerd" or a "dork," i.e., a "square."

The term "square" was coined in the 1950s to mean someone, usually older, who was out of touch, unfashionable, and conservative.

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When I write BTOBS, I mean this: meaning of BTOBS BTOBS means "Be There Or Be Square."

Summary of Key Points

"Be There Or Be Square" is the most common definition for BTOBS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Be There Or Be Square
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of BTOBS in Sentences

Here are examples of BTOBS being used in conversations:
  • Sally: I don't know whether I can be bothered to go to the party tonight.
  • Richard: What? Everyone's going. BTOBS.
  • Tina: I've been invited to the opening night of a new club.
  • Joel: BTOBS. I heard it's an 'A'-list crowd.

An Academic Look at BTOBS

BTOBS is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Tee Oh Bee Ess), but as this is harder to say than "Be there or be square," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation BTOBS is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, people just said the term "Be There are Be Square" in full instead of BTOBS.

Example of BTOBS Used in a Text


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