What Does TBQF Mean in a Text?

TBQF (To Be Quite Frank) is used to show sincerity in a message. TBQF is typically used as a pre-amble or post-amble to a criticism or a statement that is unsupportive of the recipient. (Note: TBQF is used by passive aggressives, i.e., people who mask controlling or attacking nature using non-emotive and non-confrontational language.)

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When I write TBQF, I mean this:

meaning of TBQF

"To be quite frank" is often used ahead of criticism.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TBQF in Sentences

Here are examples of TBQF being used in sentences:
  • I really canít be bothered to work today TBQF.
  • (Here, TBQF is not being used as a front to an attacking message but just to express sincerity.)
  • TBQF your bum does look big in those jeans.
  • (Here, TBQF is a pre-amble; i.e., it sits before the text.)
  • I donít agree with you TBQF.
  • (Here, TBQF is a post-amble; i.e., it sits after the text.)

An Academic Look at TBQF

TBQF is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Tee Bee Que Eff), but as this is harder to say than "to be quite frank," it is not usually spoken using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation TBQF is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

TBQF is used like an adverb of manner, which is similar in meaning to Speaking frankly.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "frankly" or "If I may be so bold" instead of TBQF.

Example of TBQF Used in a Text

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