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What Does CBA Mean?CBA means "Can't Be Arsed" and "Cost-Benefit Analysis."
Can't Be ArsedThe abbreviation CBA is used with the meaning "Can't Be Arsed" (i.e., "I can't be bothered") to express an unwillingness to make the necessary effort to begin or complete a task. It portrays an attitude of lethargy. CBA is more commonly used in the UK than in other parts of the English-speaking world. (In the US, the word ass is typically used instead of arse).
Cost-Benefit AnalysisIn business, CBA is used to refer to a process by which decisions, systems or projects are analyzed. In this context, a CBA identifies the benefits and costs of an action in order to assess or estimate its value.
Image for CBAWhen I write CBA, I mean this: CBA also means "Cost-Benefit Analysis."
Summary of Key Points"Can't Be Arsed" is the most common definition for CBA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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Second Definition"Cost-Benefit Analysis" is the most common definition for CBA in a business context.
Examples of CBA in SentencesHere are examples of CBA being used in conversations:
- Reporter: Mr. President, are you going to attend the hearings?
- Mr. President: Fake news! Witch hunt! CBA. (Here, CBA is being used with the meaning "Can't Be Arsed.")
- Boss: We have done a CBA and have decided that you will have to work weekends.
- Worker: I have done a CBA and decided that you can stuff your job. (Here, CBA is being used with the meaning "Cost-Benefit Analysis.")
An Academic Look at CBAWhether used with the meaning "Can't Be Arsed" or "Cost-Benefit Analysis," CBA is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "See Bee Ay"). It is therefore classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.
When used with the meaning "Can't Be Arsed," CBA is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.
What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I can't be bothered" instead of using the abbreviation CBA with the meaning "Can't Be Arsed."
Example of CBA Used in a Text
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