What Does TBC Mean in a Text?

TBC means "To Be Continued." The abbreviation TBC means a conversation or action is not finished yet and there is more to come following a break. TBC is commonly used to signal a pause in a conversation, or at the end of a TV programme screened in several episodes.

TBC can also mean "To be confirmed" meaning details or dates are not yet finalised (e.g., "The exact start date is TBC").

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When I write TBC, I mean this:

meaning of TBC

TBC means something is not yet complete.

Summary of Key Points

"To Be Continued" is the most common definition for TBC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:To Be Continued
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of TBC in Sentences

Here are examples of TBC being used in conversations:
  • Simon: Team work is important. It helps to put the blame on someone else.
  • Martin: That's true! TBC. The boss has just walked in!
  • Anna: Did you see her last night?
  • Charlotte: There's a lot to tell, but I've got to go. TBC tomorrow.

An Academic Look at TBC

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Tee Bee See"), TBC is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

TBC usually stands alone, as an interjection, and is often followed by an ellipsis (three full stops). e.g., "To Be Continued..."

Example of TBC Used in a Text

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