Internet slang has been around forever (well, since the internet was created) and has evolved massively throughout the years.
Slang terms created on the internet have even found places for themselves in the Oxford English Dictionary, where “LOL” and “BFF” reside boastfully.
The latest term to begin floating around social media, particularly TikTok, is “IBFS” which is being used by people on the video sharing platform. To find out what it stands for, read on below.
What does IBFS mean on TikTok?
The term IBFS on TikTok stands for “internet best friends.”
S- (makes it plural)
An internet best friend is someone that you have met through the internet (whether it be Twitter, TikTok, or any other platform) and become close friends with.
Internet friends have been a thing for a while now, and people all over the world find themselves connecting with others online (similar to old fashioned pen pals.)
The term IBFS has grown in popularity over the past year, most likely as the pandemic has limited chances to meet people in real life, and moved many real relationships online due to social distancing and lockdown rules.
Where did the term IBFS come from?
While the term “BFF” has been around for years, recently people online have been shortening it to just “BF” or “BSF,” which stands for “best friend.”
Like all slang, terms come and go, and it seems some people online are shifting away from using “BFF” and are instead using “BSF” as it appears more casual. The “i” in IBFS stands for “internet.”
In 2010 The Oxford English Dictionary announced that the acronym “BFF” had been added as an official noun, and listed its D.O.B as 1996.
One of the earliest uses of the term on TV is Episode 25, Season 3 of Friends, where Phoebe explains to the gang that BBF stands for “best friends forever.”
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