What does DBU stand for?

Don’t beat up

DBU is an acronym that stands for “Don’t beat up”, a shorthand way of saying “Don’t beat yourself up.” It’s a phrase often used to comfort someone who is feeling overly worried or regretful about something.

It’s a slang term that’s especially popular among people from Trinidad, a Caribbean island located in the East. You’ll frequently see Trinidadians using DBU when they’re sending text messages or chatting online.

When someone uses DBU, they’re trying to help someone else feel better. Maybe that person is upset over a mistake they made at their job, or they said something they shouldn’t have and now they’re embarrassed. It could even be that they’re disappointed about a financial decision that didn’t pan out. In any case, DBU is a way to encourage them not to be so hard on themselves.

The phrase “beat up” here doesn’t usually mean physical harm. More often, it’s about someone who’s being overly critical of themselves. However, there could be situations where the person is actually causing themselves physical pain.

Example for using ‘DBU’ in a conversation

Hey, I just realized I made a really dumb mistake at work today. I feel so stupid!

DBU! We all make mistakes, don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens to everyone.

Thanks, I needed to hear that. I guess I’m just being too hard on myself.

No problem, we all have those moments. Just remember to be kind to yourself!