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Meaning of BBS


What Does BBS Mean?

BBS means "Be Back Soon" and "Bulletin Board System".

BBS is typically used in online and text-based communications to mean "Be Back Soon". It announces that the participant will be away for a short amount of time.

BBS contrasts with BBL ("Be Back Later"), which suggests a break of up to a few hours. It is similar in meaning to BRB ("Be Right Back").

BBS can also mean "Bulletin Board System", which is an electronic message center that allows users to dial in with a modem, review messages left by others and leave their own messages. Most bulletin boards went out of business with the arrival of low-cost, high-speed internet services. However, some still survive, mainly serving specific interest groups.
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Definition for BBS

BBS means "Be Back Soon ". This is the most common definition for BBS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about BBS:

BBS
Definition:Be Back Soon
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
An Image for BBS
When I write BBS, I mean this:

meaning of BBS
The image shows a note claiming its writer will "Be Back Soon".
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Examples of BBS in Sentences

Here are examples of BBS being used in conversations:
  • Dave: Congratulations, you've been selected for the job.
  • Claire: What's the salary?
  • Dave: 10K now, increasing to 20K soon.
  • Claire: Cool. In that case, I'll BBS.
  • Son: Dad, you're so old that instead of email you had a BBS.
  • Dad: Son, I'm so old that I can remember when there was no social media and you had to go to a bar and buy endless drinks to be ignored by multiple women.

An Academic Look at BBS

BBS is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Bee Ess), but as this is harder to say than "Be Back Soon" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation BBS is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Intialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "be right back" or "see you soon" instead of using the abbreviation BBS to mean "Be Back Soon".

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Second Definition for BBS

This meaning was also noted:

BBS
Definition:Bulletin Board System
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
A Text with BBS

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

 
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