What Does DETAI Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

DETAI means "Don't Even Think About It."

More Observations...

DETAI is an abbreviation that means "Don't Even Think About It," i.e., do not even think about something like that happening as just the thought of it is so bad. The phrase "Don't Even Think About It" was popularized in a 1993 television advert for Pepsi Cola. The abbreviation DETAI is often used to express nervousness on the part of the speaker about something that is out of their control. It can also be used to express confidence or certainty.

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When I write DETAI, I mean this:

meaning of DETAI

"Don't Even Think About It"

Summary of Key Points

"Don't Even Think About It" is, by far, the most common meaning for DETAI when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Don't Even Think About It
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of DETAI in Sentences

Here are examples of DETAI in conversations:
  • Shane: I am sure that if they win the election it will be very bad news for everyone.
  • Ted: DETAI! It will be World War 3.
  • Clair: If we lose tonight, we could be relegated.
  • Tim: DETAI! We are going to win!

An Academic Look at DETAI

DETAI is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Ee Tee Ay Eye), but as this is harder to say than "Don't Even Think About It" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation DETAI is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. The abbreviation DETAI is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "Don't even think about it." DETAI is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said or typed "Don't even think about it" instead of using the abbreviation DETAI.

Example of DETAI Used in a Text

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