What Is 'NTIM'? What Does NTIM Mean?

NTIM: not that it matters
NTIM: not that it matters. H.E.R. / Getty

Question: What Is 'NTIM'? What Does NTIM Mean?

Answer: "NTIM" is "Not That It Matters".

This is internet shorthand for saying "sadly, this statement is inconsequential". It can be used as a statement of fact, or as a way of martyring oneself while someone pushes you into doing something.

NTIM is commonly used when a conversation topic touches on something that is outside of the parties' control, or if something is being forced upon someone.

Example of NTIM usage:

  • (User 1) Did you read the news today? The USA is over 1 trillion dollars in debt for government spending. How the heck did this happen?
  • (User 2) We had to wage two wars, shut down several bankrupt banks, and rescue three major car manufacturers.
  • (User 3) NTIM, but this country is built on debt. The families who own the Federal Reserve are all laughing their heads off as they prepare to print another trillion dollars of FIAT money for our government.

Another example of NTIM usage:

  • (User 1) OK, Jeff is going to build us a new section on the website, profiling each of our baseball players before the game on Friday.
  • (User 2) Awesome! And make sure you get the stats from two seasons ago, so you can show those on each player's page.
  • (User 3, Jeff) Ummm, by Friday? Gee thanks, guys. I had a date on Thursday, NTIM :(

Third example of NTIM usage:

  • (User 1) Sandy: can you please bring extra cups to dinner tonight?
  • (User 2) Sure, NTIM though. I think Jen has plenty of glasses already.

The NTIM expression, like many cultural curiosities and memes of the Internet, is a part of modern English communication.

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How to Capitalize and Punctuate Web and Texting Abbreviations: 

Capitalization is a non-concern when using text message abbreviations and chat jargon. You are welcome to use all uppercase (e.g. ROFL) or all lowercase (e.g. rofl), and the meaning is identical. Avoid typing entire sentences in uppercase, though, as that means shouting in online speak.

Proper punctuation is similarly a non-concern with most text message abbreviations. For example, the abbreviation for 'Too Long, Didn't Read' can be abbreviated as TL;DR or as TLDR. Both are an acceptable format, with or without punctuation.

Never use periods (dots) between your jargon letters. It would defeat the purpose of speeding up thumb typing. For example, ROFL would never be spelled R.O.F.L., and TTYL would never be spelled T.T.Y.L. 

Recommended Etiquette for Using Web and Texting Jargon 

Knowing when to use jargon in your messaging is about knowing who your audience is, knowing if the context is informal or professional, and then using good judgment. If you know the people well, and it is a personal and informal communication, then absolutely use abbreviation jargon. On the flip side, if you are just starting a friendship or professional relationship with the other person, then it is a good idea to avoid abbreviations until you have developed a relationship rapport.

If the messaging is in a professional context with someone at work, or with a customer or vendor outside your company, then avoid abbreviations altogether. Using full word spellings shows professionalism and courtesy. It is much easier to err on the side of being too professional and then relax your communications over time than doing the inverse.