What Does YGTBKM Mean in a Text?

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YGTBKM (You've Got To Be Kidding Me) is an exclamatory sentence to show a strong emotion such as surprise, joy, or disgust. It is typically used in response to some shocking news, but it can also be used to initiate a conversation, in which case it carries the connotation of "You'll never guess what I've just found out."

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When I write YGTBKM, I mean this:

meaning of YGTBKM

YGTBKM is an exclamation meaning "You have got to be kidding me."

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of YGTBKM in Sentences

Here are examples of YGTBKM being used in conversations:
  • Charlie: Simon got the promotion.
  • Jordan: YGTBKM!
  • (Here, YGTBKM is used as a response.)
  • Charlie: YGTBKM!
  • Jordan: What?
  • Charlie: Simon got the promotion.
  • (Here, YGTBKM is used to initiate a conversation.)

An Academic Look at YGTBKM

YGTBKM is used as a standalone exclamatory sentence. (In other words, it is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.) Even though YGTBKM is an exclamation, it is not always followed by an exclamation mark.

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Why Gee Tee Bee Kay Em"), YGTBKM 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 "You're joking, right?" or "Gadzooks!" instead of YGTBKM.

Example of YGTBKM Used in a Text

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