What Does BYAI Mean?

BYAI means "Between You and I (grammatically incorrect version of "Between You and Me") (see also BYAM)". The abbreviation BYAI is typically used in computer-based conversations and text-speak to request discretion. By using BYAI, the sender is indicating that they are speaking in confidence and do not wish the information to be disseminated any further.

Of note, BYAI is often used by native English speakers who like to gossip, in the full knowledge (and often in the hope) that the recipient of the information will pass it on.

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When I write BYAI, I mean this: meaning of BYAI BYAI means "Between You And I," and is a favourite phrase of gossips.

Summary of Key Points

"Between You and I (grammatically incorrect version of "Between You and Me") (see also BYAM)" is the most common definition for BYAI on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Between You and I (grammatically incorrect version of "Between You and Me")
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of BYAI in Sentences

Here are examples of BYAI being used in jokes:
  • BYAI, my wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
  • BYAI, politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

An Academic Look at BYAI

BYAI is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Why, Eh, Eye). However, as the abbreviation BYAI is typically used for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech it is not uttered using its letters.

BYAI is actually grammatically incorrect. The word "I" must change to "me" when it is the object of a preposition (i.e., follows the preposition). The phrase should be "Between you and me", which is abbreviated as BYAM.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "keep this between us" or "between you, me and the doorpost" instead of using the abbreviation BYAI.

Example of BYAI Used in a Text


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