What Does TC Mean?

TC means "Take Care." It is often used as a substitute for a stronger term of affection such as "love you" when the stronger term would be inappropriate (e.g., between couples who were romantically connected or who can't be). In this context, it can be difficult to interpret as it is often unclear whether the sender would like to send a stronger term, is deliberately avoiding a stronger terms, or is simply being polite. Also of note, TC is often used with full knowledge of the ambiguity it affords. In essence, it is a way of saying I care for you without overstepping the mark. Any hidden connotation is for you to interpret.

More simply, the abbreviation TC is used to say goodbye to someone while showing some concern for their wellbeing.

Additionally, TC was also an abbreviated name given to a popular cartoon character "Top Cat." This was an animated television series made by the Hanna-Barbera studios that first ran from September 27, 1961 on the ABC network.

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When I write TC, I mean this: meaning of TC TC means "Take Care" and is used to add affection to "goodbye."

Summary of Key Points

"Take Care" is the most common definition for TC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Take Care
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of TC in Sentences

Here are examples of TC being used in conversations:
  • Janet: I'm just getting on the plane now. I'll text you when I land.
  • John: TC.
  • (TC is often used as a substitute for a stronger term of affection such as "love you.")
  • Maria: I'm off to the pub.
  • Hilary: Ok. TC.
  • Andrew: I'm going to borrow a load of money and buy a racehorse.
  • Barry: Are you sure? TC. Watch out for lame ducks.

An Academic Look at TC

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

TC can be used as an interjection (in other words, not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence). TC can also alone as an imperative, usually as a sign-off in a conversation.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "mind how you go" or "safe travels" instead of TC.

Example of TC Used in a Text


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