What Does FTTB Mean in a Text?

FTTB means "For the Time Being." It is an abbreviation used in text speak to mean "For The Time Being," in the sense of temporarily or for the moment. FTB indicates that a situation or agreement will exist until another arrangement is made at some unspecified time in the future. Of note:
  • "For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio" is a poem by W. H.Auden, which was first published in 1944. It was one of two long poems included in Auden's book also titled "For the Time Being."
  • FTTB can also mean "Fiber to the Building," which is a type of fiber-optic cable installation where the cable goes to a point on a shared property and, from there, other cabling provides the connection to individual homes or offices.

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When I write FTTB, I mean this:

meaning of FTTB

For The Time Being, is a poem and a book by W H Auden.

Summary of Key Points

"For the Time Being" is the most common definition for FTTB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:For the Time Being
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of FTTB in Sentences

Here are examples of FTTB being used in statements:
  • FTTB the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts.
  • FTTB my job is secure. No one else wants it.

An Academic Look at FTTB

The abbreviation FTTB is a prepositional phrase (the preposition is for), which is used as an adverb to establish the setting for the main clause.

FTTB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eff Tee Tee Bee), but as this is harder to say than "For The Time Being," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation FTTB is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like, "for now" or "at the moment" instead of using the abbreviation FTTB.

Example of FTTB Used in a Text

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