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b-t-dubs

abbreviation initialism and clipping
Spoken abbreviation of the phrase “by the way”. The abbreviation “btw” was first used in texting as a faster way to say the phrase but later became a spoken initialism. Because “w” has many syllables when spoken out, it was clipped to become “dubs”
Etymology : Initialism of the phrase “by the way” to BTW but the spoken “W” is clipped to “dubs”.
Source : “Oh, b-t-dubs, did you hear the latest news?” (friend, October 2010)
Last modified: 7 December 2010


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