[Air-L] BFF

lilly nguyen lillynguyen at ucla.edu
Wed Oct 3 00:20:10 PDT 2007

I can say with conviction that this term predates the internet. My  
junior high days (this probably dates me) the expressions and  
"BFF" (or its shortened version F/F for friends forever) "j/k," "KIT"  
peppered all our notebooks and yearbooks. I imagine that most  
yearbooks from the early 90s onwards would be abound with these  
expressions, however I grew up in southern California and am unsure  
if these terms were in common use throughout the country at the same  
time. In the Urban Dictionary, the earliest entry for BFF comes from  
2001. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bff


On Sep 30, 2007, at 11:12 PM, Jimmy Wales wrote:

>> "Best Friends Forever" from a South Park tv show episode:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Friends_Forever
> The abbreviation is older than that episode, which aired in March  
> 2005,
> though:
> Cyber bullies stalking online playground.
> Candy J. Cooper
> The Record (Bergen County, N.J.)
> Apr. 21, 2004 10:45 AM
> "Conflict escalates quickly online, where facial expression and voice
> intonation are replaced by "jk," for just kidding, or "lol," for  
> laughing
> out loud. Matters are complicated when two "bff's," or best friends  
> forever
> in cyber-slang, share one another's passwords, as girls often do.  
> When the
> falling-out comes, they can wreak havoc by sending damaging messages
> everywhere - with their new enemy's name attached. "
> I have no idea how much older it might be than that.
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Lilly Nguyen
PhD Student, Dept. of Information Studies
lillynguyen at ucla.edu
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