What Does IBYP Mean in a Text?

IBYP means "I Beg Your Pardon." The abbreviation IBYP is used in text-based communications such as instant messaging and chat rooms to mean "I Beg Your Pardon," as in "excuse me" or "I'm sorry."

IBYP is typically used when the sender wishes to clarify something that has been said, either because they have not understood the statement or because they disagree with it. For example:
  • Parent 1: My daughter is the best student in her grade.
  • Parent 2: IBYP! My daughter got the best grades in the whole school this year.
  • (In this case, the sender is contradicting the original statement.)

Of note, IBYP has the same meaning as the abbreviation BYP ("Beg Your Pardon").

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When I write IBYP, I mean this:

meaning of IBYP

IBYP often indicates disagreement.

Summary of Key Points

"I Beg Your Pardon" is the most common definition for IBYP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Beg Your Pardon
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IBYP in Sentences

Here are examples of IBYP being used in conversations:
  • Tom: I was reading that a recent study has shown that women who are overweight die younger.
  • Jane: IBYP! It's well known that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.
  • Heather: You're so lazy! You never do anything around here.
  • Mike: IBYP! I'm great at multitasking. I can procrastinate, be unproductive, and waste time all at once.

An Academic Look at IBYP

IBYP is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Bee Why Pee). However, the abbreviation IBYP is typically used for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech; therefore, it is not usually said using its letters.

Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said something like "pardon me" or "sorry"  instead of using the abbreviation IBYP.

Example of IBYP Used in a Text

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