Q&A Tuesday*: Should We Get Rid Of The Term BFF?

Best Friends Forever

Today on Q&A Tuesday, I would like to ask a question of the Smiles For All Community.  Specifically,

Question: Should we get rid of the term “BFF” (Best Friend Forever)?


My own answer is this question is, “Yes, we should dump the term.”

There are a few reasons why I feel this way.

Reason 1) Except for rare occasions– namely if you’re best friend is a diamond or if your best friend is immortal– e.g. a vampire, Peter Pan, or the Terminator– your best friend can’t be forever.

Reason 2) I’ve noticed that many folks, and particular teenagers and other kids, have a new BFF every hour and a half.  My own observation is that situations like these call into question the “Forever” part of the BFF thing.

Reason 3) And calling into question the “Best” part of the whole BFF thing; certain folks, including me, often have more than one “Best Friend Forever” at once.  For example, there was the time I told a customer service rep that I would be her “Best Friend Forever” if she could solve my problem.  Wow, did she work hard to get my problem solved… or so it seemed.  Indeed, I think I once maxed out at 7-8 simultaneous BFFs.  I have to tell you, 7-8 BFFs working hard for me at the same time?  That was truly living the dream.  I advise you to try it.

Having explained why I would dump the term “BFF,” let me propose a replacement term, “BFsF FN.”

“BFsF FN” stands for Best Friends Forever For Now.  Note we now have an “s” at the end of “Friend,” making it plural and providing coverage for the the multiple “Best Friend Forever” scenario in Reason 3 above.

And the “For Now” covers the temporary nature of many Best Friend Forever relationships as described in Reasons 2 and 3 above.

Ok, these are my thoughts.  What do you think?  I can’t wait to hear.


(Photo © Cavecreative | Dreamstime.com – Best Friends Forever Bff Photo)


* If you would like to submit a question for consideration, you can do so in the comment section below or here.  *Please note: We cannot commit to answering any or all submitted questions.