What Does TBU Mean in a Text?

TBU means "To Be Updated."

The abbreviation TBU is used with the meaning "To Be Updated" to indicate that that a situation or status is likely to change or is pending confirmation. TBU is typically used in text-based conversations when planning a meeting or other event, either official or social.

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When I write TBU, I mean this:

meaning of TBU

TBU means information is likely to change.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TBU in Sentences

Here are examples of TBU being used in conversations:
  • Rick: What time is everyone planning to be there on Saturday?
  • Stuart: By 8.00 pm, but that's TBU.
  • Tim: Have they posted the new departure time?
  • Kenny: It's still TBU.

An Academic Look at TBU

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e.,"Tee Bee Yoo"), TBU 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 might have just said "To Be Updated," or something like "To Be Confirmed," instead of using TBU.

Example of TBU Used in a Text

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