What Does TGI Mean in a Text?

TGI means "Thank God It's []!" or "Thank Goodness It's []!".

Thank God It's []!

The abbreviation TGI is used with the meaning "Thank God It's []!" as an exclamation of relief or delight. TGI probably originated in 1965, when the first T.G.I. Friday restaurant opened in New York. Since then TGI has been widely used, both in speech and in text-based conversation. For example:
  • TGI the weekend!
  • TGI payday!
  • TGI Christmas!

Thank Goodness It's []!

Since 2010, some television commercials for T.G.I Friday restaurants have made use of the alternative phrase, "Thank Goodness It's Friday." This definition of TGI is preferred by those who would rather not use the word "God" as an exclamation.

Other abbreviations used to express relief or delight include:

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When I write TGI, I mean this:

meaning of TGI

TGI also means "Thank Goodness It's [...]!".

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for TGI

TGI means "Thank God It's []!". This is the most common definition for TGI on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Thank God It's []!
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for TGI

TGI also means "Thank Goodness It's []!":
Definition:Thank Goodness It's []!
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TGI in Sentences

Here are examples of TGI being used in conversations:
  • Pete: What does a dog that can do tricks say? I'm a Labracadabrador!
  • Abel: TGI just you and me here!
  • Charlene: The tableware is actually made of compostable cellulose.
  • Vernon: TGI not plastic!

An Academic Look at TGI

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e.,"Tee Gee Eye"), TGI 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?

The use of TGI to mean "Thank God It's []!" or "Thank Goodness It's []!" predates the digital era.

Example of TGI Used in a Text

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