TBH is a texting abbreviation used in casual speech and stands for the phrase to be honest.
This phrase can be used before or after a statement to emphasize that you are stating an honest opinion. Variations on this phrase include “To be perfectly honest (with you),” “In all honesty,” and “In my opinion.”
To be honest has become such a common phrase in English that it deserves its own abbreviation!
To be honest, I don’t really feel like going out tonight → Tbh I don’t really feel like going out tonight.
I never got along with him, to be honest. → I never got along with him, tbh.
To be honest, I don’t think this relationship is working out. → tbh I don’t think this relationship is working out.
Usually, this abbreviation is texted over the phone or some other messaging platform (on facebook or instagram), but it can occasionally be used in spoken speech as well, usually by young people who tend to text often or are trying to be funny. When spoken, it is pronounced T-B-H (ti-bi-aitch).
Also note that there is not really a standard capitalization or punctuation standard for TBH and similar phrases, since texted speech itself is not very standardized.
Young people tend to write it out lowercase (either tbh or Tbh), with or without a comma following it. Those who are less tech-savvy might spell it out in all caps (TBH).
A: what are you up to right now?
B: not much. i’m pretty bored tbh
A: wanna go to the bowling party tonight?
B: tbh, not really…
A: lol why? seems like you don’t have anything better to do
A: I feel like so many people can’t wait for the school year to be over.
B: Oh, yeah. TBH, I’m one of them.
A: What plans do you have for this summer?
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