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Meaning of BAU

What Does BAU Mean?

BAU means "Business As Usual". The abbreviation BAU is typically used to mean "Business As Usual". It refers to the normal daily routine and is often used to stress that things are carrying on as normal, despite an unforeseen incident. For example:
  • My PC has crashed, but I have my laptop, so it's BAU.
  • The fire destroyed part of the office area, but for the rest of the factory it's BAU.
BAU is also often used in a negative sense, when it usually indicates frustration, cynicism or anger on the part of the speaker. For example:
  • The people in the besieged city were dying of starvation, but for the UN Security Council, it was BAU.
Of note, the phase "Business As Usual" was popularized in a speech given by Winston Churchill in 1914. It subsequently became a slogan for the rest of World War I. 
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Definition for BAU

BAU means "Business As Usual". This is the most common definition for BAU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about BAU:

Definition:Business As Usual
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Typical Users:
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When I write BAU, I mean this:

meaning of BAU
BAU: Things are carrying on as normal.

Examples of BAU in Sentences

Here are examples of BAU being used in conversations:
  • Sally: He is such shirker. He still hasn't done what I asked him to do!
  • David: That's BAU for Tom. He is great at multitasking. He can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once!
  • Hank: I would give my dad what he really wants on Father's Day, but I can't afford to move out yet, so it's BAU.

An Academic Look at BAU

BAU is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Ay, Yoo), but as this is harder to say than "Business As Usual" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation BAU is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "life goes on" or "nothing has changed" instead of using the abbreviation BAU.

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Using BAU on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)


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