You’re messaging with a coworker when they use the term BTW, and you aren’t sure what it means. BTW is an acronym commonly used in text conversations and online, but sometimes you can also hear it spoken in conversation.
What does BTW mean?
BTW is an acronym for the words “by the way” and it is usually used to add information or details to a conversation. While it is commonly used in informal social situations, it can also be used in professional situations (within reason).
BTW has become so popular in recent years that it is common to hear someone saying the letters BTW instead of saying the words “by the way” in social situations.
How to use BTW
- “BTW can you bring my bag when you come over?”
- “BTW I have an appointment at 8pm and need to leave before then.”
- “I love your outfit, BTW.”
- “Oh! BTW I saw you yesterday!”
- “You’re late, BTW.”
- BTW can be used anytime you want to add a comment or information to a conversation.
Using BTW the right way
BTW can be used to add an additional comment to a conversation or to add additional information. While it is typically used preceding the information you want to add, it can be used after the information you want to add as well.
Currently, there are no known variations of the BTW acronym.
Should you worry about your child using BTW?
BTW is considered a harmless texting term and you probably don’t have to worry about your child using it. There are some instances, however, where your child might be using BTW to say mean things, so if you see your child using it, you may want to discuss with them the importance of treating others with respect.