BTS Meaning

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What does BTS mean?

BTS means Bangtan Boys. It could also mean be there soon or behind the scenes.

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BTS Meaning
Find out what BTS means and how it is used.

BST is an initialism that stands for the Bangtan Boys, a South Korean boy band consisting of seven members. It is also means be there soon and behind the scenes.

Where is BTS used?

BTS is often used on social media when people are discussing the Bangtan Boys. It may be used in Facebook posts, Instagram comments or in text messages.

When it means “be there soon”, it is more likely to be used in text messages. If it means “behind the scenes”, however, it will probably be on a social network in the caption of a post or in the comments.

BTS is used on the follow platforms and places:

  • IRL
  • texting
  • online conversation
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Reddit
  • TikTok
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
An example of the initialism BTS in a text message where it means be there soon.
An example of the initialism BTS in a text message where it means be there soon.

How is BTS used?

BST is used among people familiar with the Bangtan Boys when discussing the band.

It is also used to mean “be there soon” by people who are planning to meet with others.

Some people use BTS to mean “behind the scenes”. For instance, a film production company may post photos of the set of a movie with the caption “BTS photos from our shoot today” so that fans can see them.

Do people say BTS out loud?

When referring to the Bangtan Boys, people may sometimes say BTS out loud. Otherwise, the initialism is only used in texting or online communications.

Example Uses of BTS

In a text message:
Let's go see BTS when I get home!

A text message to a friend offering to go see the band when they get home.

On online conversation:
Did you hear that new BTS song? It's awesome!

Person A asks person B if they heard the new song from the Bangtan Boys.

In a text message:
Hey, I'm stuck in traffic because of an accident but I'll BTS!

Someone telling another person that they're running late because of a traffic accident, but that they'll be there soon.

On Instagram:
You should post BTS photos more often!

A comment on an Instagram post written by someone who likes seeing what goes on behind the scenes during the filming of a television show.

On Facebook:

A comment on a Facebook post of a film shoot for a movie.

Who uses BTS?

BTS, in reference to the band, tends to be used by younger people. There is a pretty broad range of people who use BTS to mean other things, however.

History of BTS

First Use

We don’t know when the initialism was first use, but we see Google searches really started around the time the Bangtan Boys was formed. BST was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2016.

Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for BTS.
Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for BTS.

Rise in Popularity

As the Bangtan Boys grew in popularity, so too did searches for BTS, peaking in 2019 according to Google Trends.

What was used before BTS?

Nothing. The Bangtan Boys did not yet exist, and people simply said “be there soon” or “behind the scenes”.

Other Definitions of BTS

BTS can also mean:

  • be there soon
  • behind the scenes

be there soon

If you’re in a hurry and on your way to meet someone, and you want to tell them you’ll be there soon, it makes more sense to simply send them a text saying “BTS” rather than “be there soon”.

behind the scenes

It makes less sense to use BTS to mean “behind the scenes” that it does “be there soon”, but it could perhaps have something to do with character limits on social media posts.