What Does TOS Mean in a Text?

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TOS means "Terms of Service." The abbreviation TOS means the rules that must be agreed to before using a service.

Of note, TOS can also be used as a disclaimer, especially regarding the use of websites. TOS is sometimes written as T&C meaning Terms and Conditions of the service.

TOS is also used by science-fiction tv enthusiasts to describe "The Original Series" of Star Trek. "Trekkies" (Star Trek fans) ascribe abbreviations to each series of the TV show (e.g., TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT).

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When I write TOS, I mean this:

meaning of TOS

TOS (Terms of Service) means the "small print" for a service and must be read.

Summary of Key Points

"Terms of Service" is the most common definition for TOS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Terms of Service
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TOS in Sentences

Here are examples of TOS being used in conversations:
  • Penny: Why did they charge me extra today?
  • Geoff: Read their TOS.
  • Julie: Have you stopped work already?
  • Matt: Read my TOS, Honey.

An Academic Look at TOS

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Tee Oh Ess"), TOS 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 said something like "the small print" instead of TOS.

Example of TOS Used in a Text

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