TY Meaning

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What does TY mean?

TY means Thank You.

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Find out what TY means and how it is used.

TY (or ty) is an initialism that stands for “thank you”. It is often used in online conversations when someone wants to thank another person but doesn’t want to go to the effort of typing out the words “thank you”.

Where is TY used?

TY tends to be used on websites and social networks that allow users to chat with each other. It is often used on Facebook Messenger, Discord and Twitch, as well as on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is also used in text messages.

TY is used on the follow platforms and places:

  • texting
  • online conversation
  • Discord
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • TikTok
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
An example of the initialism TY in a text message.
An example of the initialism TY in a text message.

How is TY used?

TY is used to tell someone “thank you”. It is often used in online chats or text messages when someone wants to quickly thank another person. It can also be used to save characters on Twitter, where tweets are limited to a certain number of characters (280 at time of writing).

Do people say TY out loud?

No; instead, people say “thank you”, which is just as fast and contains the same number of syllables.

Example Uses of TY

In a text message:
TY for the heads up! I really appreciate it!

Someone thanks their friend for giving them a heads up about something.

In a text message:
ty for the reply

Someone thanks someone for replying to them.

On Facebook Messenger:

Someone thanks their friend for sending them a package in the mail.

On online conversation:
TY for standing up for Jim. He really appreciates it!

Someone thanks another person for standing up for their friend Jim when he was being bullied.

On online conversation:
TY for the advice!

Someone thanks their friend for giving them advice.

On Twitch:
TY for responding to my question!

A viewer thanks a Twitch streamer for responding to a question they asked in the chat.

Who uses TY?

In our experience, TY tends to be used by younger people who are more likely to have conversations online. It may also be used by older people who type slowly and want to save time.

History of TY

First Use

We suspect TY was first used when people began chatting with each other online, but we don’t know exactly when or where. It was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2005.

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

Rise in Popularity

From 2004 until around 2016, there was a slow increase in searches for TY according to Google Trends. Since, searches have plateaued and slightly declined.

What was used before TY?

Nothing; people just thanked each other as they would IRL.

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