I’ve been perusing bodybuilding.com and a few other similar sites lately for some exercise tips, but unfortunately I feel like I come away a little dumber each time so I’m going to stop doing it.
However I’ve noticed it’s fairly common to see something like this:
brb protein is necessary for growth
brb this is not how to do squats
Er, what? Isn’t brb the abbreviated form of be right back? Does it mean something else in exercising circles? The listed statements often seem like they could be sarcastic but I’m not sure.
‘brb’ is definitely related to weightlifting/bodybuilding/gym somehow. This siteasks about it as a hated tla, but nobody says what it means. Urban dictionaryuses it in the definition of ‘atg’ (at the gym), but I can’t find a definition there for ‘brb’.
I have a coworker that will literally say things like “L-O-L No” instead of just “No” or “Touche” instead of “You’re right”. I honestly don’t think he understands what touche means, but they just become catch phrases for him. It looks, to me, like that’s what’s going on with brb in the OP. It’s just become a useless catch phrase with no actual meaning behind it anymore.
If this is the common usage then I think it really does mean “Be Right Back”, or at least originally did. The poster is not actually leaving the discussion. It’s just a way of narrating something he is doing, implying he is leaving the discussion to go do it.
“Be right back, turning on irony meter.”
“Be right back, putting on tinfoil hat.”
“Be right back, bangin your mother.”
Yeah that one was quite a peach, but I’d say a fair representation of threads there.
It seems as jackdavinci and Glass Joe say that brb is used as little more than a bullet point. I’d bet most of the users of this style have no idea why they’re even doing it.
Just another example of how manglage is constantly evolving. (I don’t use language in this case, as they may not actually be communicating anything; they might just be mangling the language out of habit.)
It’s been asked already on the forums before (see link) and about 90% of the answers are “it means be right back phaggot”. I had to wade through about seven or eight different threads asking the same question before finding one in which anyone even understood the question let alone gave any semblance of actual answer.