What Does UG2BK Mean in a Text?

UG2BK means "You've got to be kidding." UG2BK is an expression of disbelief (suggesting that you think the person who has just told you something is playing a joke). The term UG2BK is a common response to being told something surprising.

"Kidding" means "joking" (as in "you're kidding me"). The verb "to kid" probably derives from kids' (i.e., children's) predisposition to make up stories. However, it has also been suggested that "to kid" might be linked to the death of a notorious 17th century Scottish sailor (Captain William Kidd), who was tried and hung as a pirate in 1701. During the first two attempts to hang him, the rope broke, but it held on the third try, and it was said that the executioners were just "joking" with the first two efforts, and this later became "kidding."

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meaning of UG2BK

UG2BK means "you've got to be kidding."

Summary of Key Points

"You've Got to Be Kidding" is the most common definition for UG2BK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:You've Got to Be Kidding
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of UG2BK in Sentences

Here are examples of UG2BK being used in conversations:
  • Sophie: I got dumped last night.
  • Tina: Oh no! UG2BK.
  • Sophie: No, it's true.
  • James: I can earn up to a 1000 a day in my new sales job.
  • Steve: UG2BK!
  • James: Apparently it's possible.

An Academic Look at UG2BK

Technically speaking, UG2BK is a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement), but it is often treated like an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question). It is also used like an interjection expressing surprise.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "You have got to be joking" instead of UG2BK.

Example of UG2BK Used in a Text

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