What Does G3G Mean in a Text?

G3G means "I Really Must Go (i.e., more than G2G)". The abbreviation G3G is a more emphatic version of GTG (Got To Go).

G3G is often sent out of frustration, when the abbreviation G2G hasn't stopped someone chatting. The inclusion of "really" serves to stress the importance of what is being said.

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When I write G3G, I mean this:

meaning of G3G

G3G is a way of emphasising that you have to leave.

Summary of Key Points

"I Really Must Go (i.e. more than G2G)" is the most common definition for G3G on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Really Must Go (i.e. more than G2G)
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of G3G in Sentences

Here are examples of G3G being used in conversations:
  • Aaron: Your bus has just pulled up at the stop.
  • Sam: G3G! If I miss that, I'm dead.
  • Carolyn: I know it's midnight and you've got to be at work in five hours, but can we chat some more?
  • Diana: No. Please just stop talking. G3G.

An Academic Look at G3G

G3G is classified by our team as an "internet slang term" as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, "slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "Slang terms" differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I really have to go now" instead of using G3G.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of G3G Used in a Text

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