What Does ESTD Mean in a Text?

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ESTD means "Easier Said Than Done." The abbreviation ESTD refers to something that might be a good idea in theory and is easy to talk about, but would be much harder to put into practice (e.g., rowing the channel or running a four-minute mile).

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When I write ESTD, I mean this:

meaning of ESTD

ESTD means something is easy to talk about, but harder to do.

Summary of Key Points

"Easier Said Than Done" is the most common definition for ESTD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Easier Said Than Done
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ESTD in Sentences

Here are examples of ESTD being used in conversations:
  • Martin: I am off to the bank as I need a loan to buy a house.
  • Kelly: Good luck with that. It is ESTD these days.
  • Charlotte: I would be really good on the catwalk if I could get a job as a model.
  • Marion: ESTD. All the girls your age want to be one.

An Academic Look at ESTD

ESTD is typically used as an informal adverbial phrase of manner. An adverbial phrase of manner modifies a verb to describe how the verb is performed.

In this instance, the use of "easier" as an adverb, whilst common, is seen as archaic. A more grammatically acceptable version would be "It is more easily said than done."

The saying "Easier said than done" should not be used in formal writing.

Example of ESTD Used in a Text

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