YHTBT


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YHTBT

An initialism of "you had to be there," meaning you would only really understand or appreciate something if you had been present when it happened or was said. The abbreviation is only used in writing. A: "I don't get it." B: "Sorry, it was more about the way Jeff did it that was funny. YHTBT, I guess." A: "So, tell me about the party!" B: "Oh, it was wild., but words don't do it justice. YHTBT."

you had to be there

You would only really understand or appreciate something if you had been present when it happened or was said. A: "I don't get it." B: "Sorry, it was more about the way Jeff did it that was funny. I guess you had to be there." A: "So, tell me about the party!" B: "Oh, it was wild. You really had to be there, because words wouldn't do it justice."
See also: there

You had to be there

and YHTBT
sent. & comp. abb. You had to be in a place to understand what happened or what was said there. Yeah, it was funnier when I heard it. YHTBT.
See also: there

YHTBT

verb