What does BFF mean, and how do you use it?

We take you through a guide to the popular acronym


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The usage of slang initialism is the way the younger generation communicates. If you look around, you’ll find people using acronyms today that weren’t in existence a few years back. Well, change is the rule of time, and this is exactly that in terms of language. To match pace with the newer generation and be updated with their language, learning their way of speaking is important. This blog will focus on one such slang initialism commonly used by everyone in their day-to-day conversation- BFF. 

What is the meaning of “BFF”?

“BFF” or “Best Friends Forever” is a slang term Millennials and Gen Zs use to describe a very close friend. This slang initialism has been used since the late 1990s or early 2000s but has evolved over the past few years. People mostly use this acronym in text messages, emails, DMs, and while interacting on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, to name a few. Sometimes, you’ll also find people using “BFF” during in-person conversations. 

Like bestie, the meaning of BFF can sometimes have ironic connotations. But that’s up to you.

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What are the different uses of “BFF”?

As mentioned earlier, BFF is used by the new generation in different ways. It is used while interacting virtually as well as during in-person conversations. If you want to increase your understanding of this word, here are some use cases:

In a statement

Timon and Pumba from The Lion King is a perfect example of true friendship. They are BFFs. 

Asking a question

Why aren’t you and Tim talking these days? You guys are BFFs, right?

During in-person conversation

Sam: Suzy, are you upset about something?

Suzy: Yes, my BFF, Ginny, isn’t coming to the trip. I miss her.

As a caption or description on social media sites

This Friendship Day, let your BFF know how much they mean to you with this gift combo. 

BFF: Conclusion

Everything changes with time, even our language and the way we speak. Hence, it is essential to be open to change. It may seem confusing to remember all the slang initialisms used today, but it isn’t that hard to get a hold of it. Once you know what each means, it is easy to use while talking to people. To know more about what’s new on social media, click here.

Gloria is a tech and AI writer for PC Guide. She is interested in what new technology means for the future of digital and broadcast journalism.