What Does TCTC Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

TCTC (Too Close To Call) is used to describe a situation where it is almost impossible to predict what the result might be.

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Although TCTC is typically used in a sports or competition context (such as races, games or boxing bouts), it can also be applied more widely to other topics of conversation (e.g., political debates or social situations).

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When I write TCTC, I mean this:

meaning of TCTC.

The image shows a race that is too close to call.

Summary of Key Points

"Too Close to Call" is, by far, the most common meaning for TCTC when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Too Close to Call
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TCTC in Sentences

Here are examples of TCTC in conversations:
  • Charlie: Do you know who won that race?
  • Jordan: I have no idea. TCTC
  • Charlie: So, do you think she is going to dump him for standing her up?
  • Jordan: I don't know. TCTC

An Academic Look at TCTC

TCTC is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Tee See Tee See). (Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

TCTC is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement), which translates best as "It is too close to call." In other words, it is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "It is anyone's guess" or "I'd say that is 50-50" instead of TCTC.

Example of TCTC Used in a Text

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