What does BNR mean?

But not really

If someone tacks on BNR (but not really) at the end of a statement, they are indicating that what they just said isn’t entirely true. Let’s take this as an example: “I’ve passed my driving test! … BNR”. This means the person didn’t actually pass their driving test, or there’s more to the story than they’re letting on.

Interestingly, BNR is often used right after JK (just kidding). It’s a way for people to emphasize that they weren’t really joking about whatever they just said. This can be quite baffling and might leave you scratching your head, trying to figure out what the person you’re chatting with is genuinely feeling.

So, to put it plainly, BNR is a slang term that folks use to backtrack on a previous statement or to add a layer of complexity to their conversation. It’s a way of saying, “I said that, but I didn’t entirely mean it.”

Example for using ‘BNR’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear? I won the lottery! πŸŽ‰

OMG, really? That’s amazing! πŸ€‘

BNR, just kidding! πŸ˜…

Haha, you got me there! πŸ˜‚