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Meaning of OTP


What Does OTP Mean?

OTP means "One True Pairing".

The abbreviation OTP is typically used by authors and readers of fan fiction with the meaning "One True Pairing" to refer to their preferred romantic pairing.

OTP is equivalent to "One True Love" and describes a couple who seem perfectly matched. Fictional examples of this include Klaus and Caroline from The Vampire Diaries, Harry Potter and Hermione from the Harry Potter series, and even cartoon characters such as Fred & Wilma from The Flintstones.

OTP is also used by fans of celebrity couples to refer to their favourites (e.g., Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn).
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Definition for OTP

OTP means "One True Pairing". This is the most common definition for OTP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about OTP:

OTP
Definition:One True Pairing
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write OTP, I mean this:

meaning of OTP
OTP refers to a couple who seem perfectly matched.
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Examples of OTP in Sentences

Here are examples of OTP being used in conversations:
  • Kim: Did you see that Lady Gaga has split with Taylor Kinney?
  • Steph: I was shocked. I thought that was OTP.
  • Selena: Dave and Ashleigh looked so happy tonight.
  • Ric: OTP.

An Academic Look at OTP

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Oh Tee Pee"), OTP is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

"One True Pairing" is a noun phrase, i.e., a phrase that plays the role of a noun. The head word in a noun phrase will be a noun or a pronoun. In this case, the head word is Pairing.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "One True Pairing" or something like "My Favourite Couple" instead of using OTP.

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

 
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