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What Does HBU Mean?HBU usually means "How About You?" It also stands for "Houston Baptist University." Here is more information about each of these definitions of HBU, together with examples of use.
How About You?The abbreviation HBU is widely used online and in text-based messaging with the meaning "How About You?" as a response to a question. HBU is typically used to confirm the other person's plans or to assess their opinion. For example:
- Fran: I was brought up in a tough neighborhood. HBU?
- Sam: I'm not saying that I used to live in a rough area, but our advent calendars had half the windows boarded up!
- Jo: How many push-ups can you do?
- Mo: Three hundred HBU?
- Simon: Three!
"How About You" is also abbreviated as HAY and HBY.
Houston Baptist UniversityHBU is also the initials of "Houston Baptist University, in Houston, Texas.
Image for HBUWhen I write HBU, I mean this: HBU also means "Houston Baptist University."
Summary of Key Points
First definition of HBU"How about You?" is the most common definition for HBU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s
Second definition of HBUHBU also stands for "Houston Baptist University."
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Adults and Teenagers
An Academic Look at HBUHBU plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question). However, it is commonly seen without a question mark. It can be written "HBU?" or "HBU".
As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Aitch Bee Yoo"), HBU is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.
What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?Before the digital era, we would have just said "How 'bout You?" instead of using HBU.
Example of HBU Used in a Text
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