What does OBTW mean?

Oh, by the way

When you see OBTW (oh, by the way) at the start of a message or sentence, it’s often a signal that the person is about to add a side note or reminder to the conversation. It’s a way of introducing a new topic or detail that wasn’t part of the original discussion. For instance, your friend might text you: “OBTW, don’t forget to bring snacks to the party tonight.”

OBTW is typically used when someone wants to bring up something that just came to mind, or they want to remind you about something. It’s a sign that the conversation is about to take a small detour. So if you’re in the middle of a discussion and you see OBTW, be prepared for a slight change in topic.

You’ll often find OBTW used in text messages, emails, or online chats. It’s a quick and easy way to say “oh, by the way” without typing out the full phrase. So next time your sister texts you “OBTW, we’re meeting at 11 instead of 12,” you’ll know she’s just reminding you about a change in plans.

Example for using ‘OBTW’ in a conversation

Hey, did you watch the latest episode of that new show?

No, I haven’t had a chance yet. Is it good?

Yeah, it’s really good! The plot is so interesting.

Nice! I’ll definitely check it out. OBTW, have you seen the trailer for that new movie?

No, I haven’t. What’s it about?

It’s a sci-fi thriller set in the future. The effects look amazing!

Sounds cool! I’ll watch the trailer later. OBTW, have you decided where we’re meeting for dinner tonight?

Oh, right! I totally forgot. Let’s meet at the new Italian place downtown