What Does 'TBH' Mean?

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Question: What Is 'TBH'?

You see the curious expression 'TBH' in an instant message. What exactly does TBH stand for? 

Answer: TBH stands for "to be honest". TBH is used when someone is trying to be frank while discussing something that is uncomfortable or controversial.

Other common abbreviations used by the same online authors include:

  • JMHO (Just My Humble Opinion)
  • FWIW (For What It's Worth...)
  • OTHO (On The Other Hand...)


Example of TBH:

  • User 1: How can we possibly take in all these refugees?  Our city can barely take care of its population now!
  • User 2: TBH, refugees would be good for our community; we could use more workers, and we need to get ourselves out of brone age thinking.


Another Example of TBH:

  • User 1:  Why do you keep posting that sarcastic crap on your Facebook page? You're making yourself look like a grouchy old curmudgeon!
  • User 2:  TBH, I don't care what people think.  If I want to post sarcastic spontaneous sh*t, then I will; you're not obliged to read my page!

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