What Is 'SGTM'? What Does SGTM Mean?

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SGTM is internet shorthand for "Sounds good to me." SGTM is an expression of agreement or a form of assent that is relatively common in online conversations between friends.

SGTM can be spelled all caps or as all lowercase, sgtm. Since both versions mean the same thing, the choice is a matter of personal preference. Just be careful not to type entire sentences in all caps, as that is considered rude shouting.

Examples of SGTM usage:

  • User 1: I can be in front of your building at 4:15 p.m.  Meet me outside near the north entrance?
  • User 2: SGTM. C U then
  • User 1: Instead of you driving home after work and then driving back to the southside, why not just bring your evening clothes and drive straight here from work. That'll give us more time and less stress.
  • User 2: Hmmm, SGTM. Maybe we can hit the gym, for 30 minutes before heading over to the barbecue, too.
  • User 1: OK, how about I vanish for an hour to drive Caleigh to the store and back. Then we can work on completing that quest together, perhaps after 7:30 p.m.?
  • User 2: SGTM. I'll log back on at 7:30 p.m.

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

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.