Learning the English language isn’t easy. It’s estimated that you’d need to know over 10,000 words to be fluent in it. But in the real world, that’s not even enough. All it would take is a single text message exchange, and you’d know why. The first time you saw an acronym – like GTS – you’d go to a dictionary looking for a GTS meaning or definition. But you won’t find one there. Fortunately, you will find one here, so read on.
What Does GTS Mean?
GTS is an acronym. That means it isn’t a word but rather an abbreviation of a phrase made up of the first letters of the words of the phrase itself.
In this case, GTS is short for “Go to Sleep” or “Going to Sleep.” People often use it to let someone they’re talking with online or via text message know that they’re going to bed for the night or are asking them to go to bed. It’s also an initialism, meaning that you pronounce each letter when you say it out loud – Gee-Tee-Ess.
When Did the Acronym Start Being Used?
Like most acronyms, it’s impossible to trace the true origins of GTS. What we know is that it was already a well-known acronym in 1997 when people used AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM) for real-time online messaging.
But it took off when cell phone users gained the ability to send text messages to people on different carrier networks. Because texters then had to use cumbersome t9 text entry (typing with your phone’s number pad) to send text messages, the use of acronyms was all but required.
Other GTS Meanings
One of the problems learning common English acronyms is that they don’t always have just one meaning. So if you posed the question what does GTS mean to five different English speakers, you might get five different answers. The key to knowing what GTS means is the context in which it’s used. Alternative meanings for GTS include:
- Going Through Sh*t – a phrase indicating that the speaker is dealing with difficulties in their life.
- Good Times – a phrase used to indicate nostalgia, often in conversations discussing past events.
- Google That Sh*t – a phrase instructing someone to look up the answer to their question rather than bothering the speaker with it.
When to Use GTS?
There are no hard and fast rules about when you should use GTS. But if you intend to use it, your best option is to stick with the most common GTS meaning of “going to sleep” to avoid confusion. And then, you should only use it when brevity is a must – such as in a text message – and only then when speaking informally.
So you wouldn’t, for example, use it when speaking to a business contact. But you might when talking with a friend or family member. And if you do intend to use GTS for one of its alternate meanings, make sure you add enough contextual clues to communicate that to the reader.
Examples of Using GTS
If you are going to use GTS in a sentence, it’s best if you’re aware of how it’s typically used. Because it’s an acronym, most people will only understand its meaning when it appears in proper context. Here are some examples to show you how it’s done:
- It’s been a long and tiring day, so I’m GTS.
- It’s the middle of the night and it’s well past your bedtime so you should GTS.
- Don’t bother calling me, I’m GTS and won’t be awake until tomorrow morning.
- I’ve lost my home in a fire and my insurance isn’t helping me, so I’m GTS right now.
- If you’re GTS you should reach out for help so you don’t have a breakdown.
- Our trip to the Bahamas was really amazing – GTS, right?
- When you think of our relationship, I want you to remember all of the GTS we had together.
- If you can’t figure out how to cook that meal, GTS and you’ll find a recipe.
- Why are you asking me that question when you can GTS yourself?
- I’ve had to tell people to GTS so often, I’m getting royalty checks from Google for all of the extra site traffic.
Even though GTS is not a word, there’s a good chance you’ll run into this acronym at some point in the English-speaking world. And, now that you know the most common GTS meaning is “Going to Sleep”, you won’t be confused when you see it. Nor will you get crossed up when someone’s telling you that they’re going through sh*t, recounting a good time they’ve had, or letting you know that Google has the answer to your question.
But beware – because sometimes when someone tells you that they’re GTS, it really means they don’t feel like talking to you anymore. Just try not to take it personally.