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What Does TS Mean?

TS means "Tough Shit," "That/This Shit," and "Telecync." Here we take a look at each of these definitions and try to help you understand how they are used.

Tough Shit

image for TS showing an angry poop

The most common use of TS in text messaging and online chat is an an abbreviation of the phrase "Tough shit." It is an informal and often blunt expression used to convey a lack of sympathy or understanding for someone's predicament or complaints. It implies that the speaker considers the situation difficult or unfortunate, but believes the person should deal with it without expecting sympathy or help. For example:

  • Jordan: I can't come on Friday. I'm spent out for the month.
  • Chris: TS. You've known for months that we were planning to do this.
Check out our page about "talking shit!"

That/This Shit

image for TS showing a poop pointing

"That shit" and "this shit" are colloquial expressions used to refer to something specific, often with a tone of emphasis, approval, or disapproval, depending on the context. Either phrase can signify an item, situation, or idea, and its meaning is heavily reliant on the surrounding conversation. These versatile phrases can express various emotions. For example:

  • Enthusiasm: "TS is the best!"
  • Disdain "I can't believe you did TS."
  • Dislike: "I hate TS."
  • Frustration: "I can't stand it when you do TS."

Transexual

image for TS showing a transexual symbol

"Transsexual" is an outdated and somewhat controversial term that was historically used to describe individuals whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth and who have taken medical steps, such as hormone therapy or gender-affirming surgeries, to align their physical characteristics with their gender identity. TS has largely been replaced by more inclusive and respectful language, such as "transgender" (TG) or simply "trans."

Telecync

image for TS showing a cinema auditorium

Telesync is a term commonly used in the context of movie piracy and the distribution of unauthorized copies of films. It refers to a type of bootleg recording of a movie typically made in a movie theater during its screening. TS copies are often of lower quality compared to other pirated versions or official releases. For example:

  • Toni: I've got a TS copy of the latest Rocky movie. Want to come over to watch it?
  • Jo: I'm not sure. On the last TS film you had, you could hear the audience coughing!

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When I write TS, I mean this:

meaning of TS

TS also means "Transexual."

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Tough Shit" is a common definition for TS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
TS
Definition:Tough Shit
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"That/This Shit" is another common definition for TS.
TS
Definition:That/This Shit
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Third Definition

TS may also mean "Transexual."
TS
Definition:Transexual
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Fourth Definition

TS also means "Telecync."
TS
Definition:Telecync
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at TS

TS is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced one letter at a time. Other examples of initialisms are AI ("Artificial Intelligence") and EW ("Electronic Warfare").

Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words (e.g., GOAT ("Greatest Of All Time"), NATO ("North Atlantic Treaty Organization").

Example of TS Used in a Text

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