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What does stg mean?

Stg, also written as STG, is a text abbreviation that stands for “swear to God” and is used to express passionate belief or intense exasperation, as in I stg that I left my keys on the desk yesterday but now I can’t find them.

Stg. (with a period) is commonly used as an abbreviation of “sterling” in reference to British money.

Stg is an abbreviation of “swear to God” and expresses something that a person believes intensely or something that a person is so annoyed or exasperated by that they cannot believe it, as in My brother is the dumbest person alive stg. ISTG is a variation that stands for “I swear to God.”

This sense of stg is also commonly used for exaggeration, as in I stg the writers of this episode are a bunch of third graders.

In formal writing, stg. is most often used as an abbreviation of sterling, as in The electronics company was bought out for 1.3 billion stg. It is used specifically in reference to the pound sterling or the pound, a unit of British money.

Example: I stg I will find the guy who stole my wallet no matter what it takes.

Where does stg come from?

The first records of stg as an abbreviation of “swear to God” come from at least the early 2000s. It is especially used in texting and online since at least.

Like most text abbreviations, stg is much more likely to be used by younger people, either online or in text messaging. Stg is also very likely to be used alongside other abbreviations that express strong emotion or annoyance, such as OMG or FFS.

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How is stg used in real life?

Stg is a common abbreviation used when a person is very passionate or very annoyed about something.



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Stg is a text abbreviation that is short for “swear to God.”

How to use stg. in a sentence

  • The estate of his uncle had been seriously diminished, by the payment of legacies, £2,000 stg.

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