What Does BYTM Mean?

BYTM means "Better You Than Me." The abbreviation BYTM is a way of saying "I'm glad it's you doing that and not me" and is most commonly used when someone tells you they are facing an unpleasant task or situation. BYTM is the US version. In the UK, it tends to be said as "Rather you than me."

Summary of Key Points

"Better You Than Me" is the most common definition for BYTM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Better You Than Me
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write BYTM, I mean this:

meaning of BYTM
BYTM means you're glad it's someone else, not you, in a situation.


Examples of BYTM in Sentences

Here are examples of BYTM being used in conversations:
  • Sandra: I'm just off to hospital to have my wisdom teeth out.
  • Marcie: Ouch! BYTM.
  • Raz: Mum says I've got to tidy my room before I can go out.
  • Lisa: That's so unfair, BYTM.

An Academic Look at BYTM

BYTM is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Why Tee Em), but as this is harder to say than "Better you than me," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation BYTM is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would just have said "better you than me" instead of BYTM.

Example of BYTM Used in a Text


See Also

LNF (Life's Not Fair) LOLN (Lol, Not (i.e. it's not funny)) NF (Not Funny) NFAA (Not Funny At All) NN (Not Nice) NOK (Not Okay) ONNA (Oh No, Not Again) BL (Bad Luck) BUMMER (Bad Luck) JTB (Just Too Bad) TBFU (Too Bad For You) TBSS (Too Bad, So Sad)