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Meaning of CTN


What Does CTN Mean?

CTN means "Can't Talk Now". The abbreviation CTN is an abrupt way of telling someone you can't talk to them, usually because you're busy or someone else is within earshot. It precludes any further conversation and is letting them know you will not or cannot respond.
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Definition for CTN

CTN means "Can't Talk Now". This is the most common definition for CTN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about CTN:

CTN
Definition:Can't Talk Now
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write CTN, I mean this:

meaning of CTN
CTN means "Can't Talk Now".
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Examples of CTN in Sentences

Here are examples of CTN being used in conversations:
  • Matt: I'm bored. Fancy a chat?
  • Will: CTN I'm in a meeting.
  • Sophie: Do you want to go on a date?
  • Ryan: CTN. I'm out with my girlfriend.

An Academic Look at CTN

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Cee Tee En"), CTN is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words. CTN can be used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, it is not always used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I can't talk at the moment" instead of CTN.

A Text with CTN

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

 
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