Seen above looking very confused over three letters (“Does one of the Bs stand for bae? Can I call my 13-year-old Tumblr-fluent niece?“), Claire Danes became a card-carrying member of the CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE OLD! club last night on The Tonight Show. Claire was playing a game called Fast Family Feud with Jimmy Fallon, which as you can see is basically Family Feud with two people, three answers, and no Steve Harvey, and she got stumped when it came to naming the most common text message abbreviation. Jimmy buzzed in first and answered “LOL“, which was the top answer. Then they revealed that the other two answers were “OMG” and “BRB“, and that’s when we got Claire’s ? face. Apparently nobody has ever texted “BRB” to Claire Danes, because she has no idea what it means. It means “Be right back“, BTW. “Hmmm…BTW? Not familiar with that one either” thought Claire.
I don’t blame Claire Danes for not knowing what “BRB” meant. Yes, “BRB” is older than asking someone on ICQ if they wanna “cyber“, but there’s so much goddamn texting speak to keep up with nowadays. (I think typing “nowadays” just earned me my CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE OLD! membership card). Just as soon as you learn what “BRB” and “LOL” mean, a whole new crop of text abbreviations will pop up and you’re back at square one, scratching your bald, liver-spotted head like “What the hell is a NXP? Do I even want one of those?”
Besides, who decided that “BRB” stood for “Be right back“? Has anyone thought that maybe it should stand for “Bob Ross Boner“? You know, for when you’re watching Bob Ross and you’re like 90% sure you can see the outline of a happy little tree on his Wranglers? And then you want to text your friends about it, but you don’t have time to type it all out, so you just write: “PBS right now BRB“? Just me? Okay then.