What Does the Phrase "WBU" Mean?

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WBU is a common expression, especially in text messaging on smartphones. 'WBU' is 'What About You?' This is internet shorthand for asking 'how about you, do you agree?' or 'how about you, do you have a suggestion?'.

WBU is sometimes spelled as 'HBU'.

Example of WBU Usage

  • (User 1) Shannon: I'm hungry for some Vietnamese food. WBU?
  • (User 2) Eunice: SGTM! 6 p.m. at the Pho House? 

Example of WBU Usage

  • (User 1) Kaveh: do u wanna go to Karen's apartment party 2night?
  • (User 2) sure, it'll be fun. wbu? don't you want to go?

Example of WBU Usage

  • (User 1) Jen: Pung, let's not meet with Colin on this tonight. I need to go think about this first.
  • (User 2) Pung: OK, that's probably best you cool off before we bring this up. I can do Friday, WBU?
  • (User 1) Jen: Friday after lunch is good. I'll write down my thoughts tonight so I do a good job explaining the issues to him.

Example of WBU Usage

  • (User 1) Shailesh: I want to go to the football game! WBU?
  • (User 2) Craig: for sure, but we don't have tickets
  • (User 1) Shailesh: Leave that to me, I know someone
  • (User 2) Craig: awesome

Example of HBU Usage

  • (User 1) Susan: omg, I'm so hungry. 
  • (User 2) Sharmeen: Mhm! I could go for a plate of sushi right now, HBU?
  • (User 1) Susan: sushi sounds good! Meet me in front of the library in 10 minutes! 

Example of HBU Usage

  • (User 1) Abidola: this lecture is so boring, and this seat is terrible 
  • (User 2) Tuan: 20 more minutes, you can do eet. Then we can go for coffee
  • (User 1) Abidola: I want to go to the gym after this, HBU?
  • (User 2) Tuan: gym, ok, but I want an espresso first

Example of HBU Usage

  • (User 1) Kendra: the Dekes are throwing a party tonight 
  • (User 2) Rashina: ok, do I need to dress up?
  • (User 1) Kendra: Nah, casual is fine
  • (User 2) Rashina: kk, I'll wear leggings and a sweater, HBU?
  • (User 1) Kendra: not sure, I think I might wear leggings too. Definitely, wear toed shoes because their house floor gets pretty grungy.
  • (User 2) Rashina: kk, meet at the DG house at 9?

The WBU / HBU expression, like many other online expressions and web lingo, is part of online conversation culture and is a way to build cultural identity through language and playful conversation.

Reminder: 90% of the time, these expressions are typed in all lowercase letters. On selective occasions, you are welcome to use them in all capitals to express enthusiasm. Just remember not to type entire sentences in all caps, lest you be considered rude. 

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