What Does FGS Mean in a Text?

FGS means "For God's Sake." The use of the abbreviation FGS is a way of expressing surprise, dismay, or disappointment. It usually indicates irritation or anger on the part of the writer.

Of Note: The abbreviation FGS can also be used to mean "First Girlfriend Syndrome."

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When I write FGS, I mean this:

meaning of FGS

"For God's Sake"

Summary of Key Points

"For God's Sake" is the most common definition for FGS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:For God's Sake
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of FGS in Sentences

Here are examples of FGS being used in conversations:
  • Maria: Dave still hasn't transferred the money he owes me.
  • Pete: FGS! He promised he would do it last week.
  • Chris: Do you promise that you will come on Friday?
  • Sharon: How many times do I have to tell you FGS?.

An Academic Look at FGS

FGS is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eff Gee Ess), but as this is harder to say than "For God's Sake" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation FGS is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

The abbreviation FGS is an interjection. An interjection is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. It is included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "God's Sake!" instead of FGS.

Example of FGS Used in a Text

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