ABOUT THIS WORD
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?[duhb–uhl-yoo bee yoo]
What are some other forms of WBU?
What are some other words related to WBU?
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.
I always get so anxious when someone texts me “what’s up?” LIKE WHAT DO I REPLY?! “Sup” “nothing wbu” Are you actually wanting to know what I’m up to or are you just saying hi? I DONT KNOW!
— téa 🤍 (@TeaLemay) December 30, 2017
@itsneniix3 the skyy duuh. lol nm jus sitting in my bed listening to my iPod..being bored.lol Wbu.?
— Ah-lee. ☺ (@ZamnnAli) December 27, 2009
Today was my last day of high school sup wbu
— courtney (@ughcourtney) December 19, 2013
Sup HBU I'm your new homecoming princess 👸🏽 pic.twitter.com/tnxyKNrG2D
— Lena Sereen • 🇨🇴🇱🇧 (@diab_28) October 16, 2016
A similar abbreviation is HBU, How about you?