WBU


abbreviation for

World Boxing Union

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What else does WBU mean?

In digital communication, the abbreviation WBU can stand for the question What about you? It is frequently written to answer  greetings or conversation starters like How are you? or WYD, What (are) you doing?

For example: What’s up? Not much, wbu.

How is WBU pronounced?

[duhbuhl-yoo bee yoo]

What are some other forms of WBU?

wbu

What are some other words related to WBU?

hbu
wyd

Where does WBU come from?

The W in WBU, of course, stands for what, and the U, you. The B in WBU, representing about, may be less obvious. Because the initial vowel in about is unstressed, we often drop it in casual or dialectical speech, as in How ‘bout that?!

The exact dates of origin of digital abbreviations are tricky to pin down, but WBU is recorded online by the 2000s.

The abbreviation WBU is often written in lowercase, as wbu, though it sometimes makes an uppercase appearance. Of course, when it’s written in capital letters, WBU can be easily mistaken for the World Boxing Union, Texas’s Wayland Baptist University, the nonprofit Wild Birds Unlimited, the World Broadcasting Union … we could go on (but won’t).

How is WBU used in real life?

WBU is all about reciprocity, typically used in response to someone asking such friendly questions as What’s up? or any number of other greetings.

It can also be used after someone has shared what they’re doing and wants to know what everyone else is up to—in earnest, ironic, even humblebrag-y ways.

A similar abbreviation is HBU, How about you?

WBU is sometimes referred to as an internet acronym or initialism.