What Does TBQH Mean in a Text?

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

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meaning of TBQH

TBQH accompanies a message to show sincerity.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TBQH in Sentences

Here are examples of TBQH being used in sentences:
  • I'm feeling pretty low today TBQH.
  • (Here, TBQH is not being used to support an attacking message but just as an expression of sincerity.)
  • TBQH I agree with Malcolm.
  • (Here, TBQH is a pre-amble; i.e., it sits before the text.)
  • I preferred your old hair style TBQH.
  • (Here, TBQH is a post-amble; i.e., it sits after the text.)

An Academic Look at TBQH

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

TBQH is used like an adverb of manner, which is similar in meaning to Speaking honestly.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "in all sincerity" or "speaking candidly" instead of TBQH.

Example of TBQH Used in a Text

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