What BRT Means and When to Use It

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BRT means "be right there" or "I'm on my way!"

This is a common expression amongst regular chatters and people who use text messaging. For online chatters, BRT is often used in online games or in discussion forums. You will see BRT quite often when you are playing World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Second Life, or other role-playing or first-person shooter games.

BRT is another way of saying "I'm on my way." Commonly typed as lower case brt, this polite expression tells people to wait patiently while you travel to meet them in the game, in a different chat room, or in another channel in your ventrilo/teamspeak server.

In the context of a text message conversation, it is a polite way of saying "I am hurrying, so I shouldn't be long before I meet you." BRT, has a common cousin expression, AFK (away from keyboard).

Text Message Example

 (user 1):  Hurry! We're almost at the front of the line!

 (user 2): BRT, parking now

Expression Usage Example 1

(Person 1): Shelby where are you? We're here at the back of the restaurant by the window, and we're almost done the appetizers!

(Person 2): You're at Hudson's on Whyte, right?

(Person 1): No dummy, we changed to Joey's on 104 st! I sent you an email

(Person 2): O I didn't check my email, sry. BRT! I'm only 5 blocks away

(Person 1): Hurry! 

Expression Usage Example 2

 (user 1):  Paul, we're waiting here at the boss. Are you back at your keyboard?

 (user 2): Just finishing phone call now, brt!

The BRT expression, like many other Internet expressions, is part of online conversation culture.

Expressions Similar to BRT

  • BBIAB (Be Back in a Bit)
  • TTYL (Talk to You Later)
  • CU (See You!)
  • CUL8R (See You Later!) 
  • BRB (Be Right Back)

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.