What does BTN mean?

Better than nothing

When you’re talking or texting and someone mentions ‘BTN’, they’re saying “better than nothing”. It’s a gentle reminder that sometimes, a little is more than none. It could be your friends, family, or work buddies who use this acronym to put things into perspective.

Imagine you’ve just received a 2% pay raise and you’re not happy about it. You share your feelings with a colleague, and they reply with “Well, it’s BTN. Remember the years when we got nothing?” This essentially means that although the raise is small, it’s still better than no raise at all.

It’s a subtle way of saying that you should be grateful for what you have, no matter how small. So, if you’re ever on the receiving end of ‘BTN’, it’s not a bad thing. It’s just a reminder to appreciate the little things. And who knows, it might just be the wake-up call you need to look for a new job.

Example for using ‘BTN’ in a conversation

Hey, I just found out I only got a 3% raise this year.

Oh well, it’s BTN. At least you got something.

Yeah, you’re right. It could’ve been worse.

Exactly! Better than nothing, right?