1. What does the BTS band name stand for?

Bangtan Sonyeondan

The three letters that make up the popular Korean boy band "BTS" stand for "Bangtan Sonyeondan," which translates to mean "Bulletproof Boy Scouts" in English. The band is also known as the "Bangtan Boys," and in 2017, the band announced that the three letters also stand for "Beyond The Scene."

The band comprises seven members, including Jin, Suga, V, Jimin, RM, J-Hope, and Jungkook. BTS was formed in 2010 and debuted in 2013 as a hip-hop group that spread to various genres.

The musical act is part of the Hallyu (Korean wave) in the 2010s when a surge of South Korean pop culture spread throughout the world. This new craze was led by Kpop, with BTS headlining the musical genre and other artists, such as Exo, Big Bang, iKON, Seo Taiji & Boys, Girls' Generation, G.Soul, and Mamamoo.

BTS is one of the most famous music acts in the whole world. They boast an extremely dedicated fandom (ARMY) and many hits, including "Dynamite," "Savage Love," "Life Goes On," "Butter," and "Permission to Dance."


OMG, only 2 hours until we see BTS live!
IKR?!?! I'm gonna die!!!

The guys in BTS

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Updated August 18, 2021
2. What does BTS mean when discussing children?

Back to school

As summer draws to a close, American parents get ready to send their kids BTS, or "back to school." Many American stores also run BTS marketing campaigns and sales, offering notebooks, backpacks, pens, pencils, and other school supplies at a discount. These sales usually intensify in the lead-up to Labor Day (the first Monday in September) because, in many parts of America, Labor Day is the last day before the new school year begins.

In other countries, BTS season starts at different times, depending on when the countries' school year starts. For example, in Australia and New Zealand, BTS sales typically begin in February (the end of those countries' summer), while in India, BTS season begins in June.


Can you believe it's time to go BTS already? Where did summer go?!

A child who is excited to go BTS

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Updated August 17, 2021
3. What does BTS mean when discussing performance art?

Behind the scenes

When you're discussing movies, TV shows, plays, and other performance art, BTS refers to "behind-the-scenes" content. For example, many of the extras included on DVDs and Blu-rays are BTS interviews with a film's cast and creators, talking about how they made the film.

What does behind the scenes mean?

In most cases, fans don't get to see what goes into making their favorite TV shows, movies, and plays. However, some lucky fans get to go behind the scenes - to see the hidden techniques, secrets, and thought processes used to create their fave film, show, or performance. Some fans get to go BTS in person (think those who have backstage passes at a concert), while others have to settle for viewing written or recorded BTS content.

Where is BTS used to mean behind the scenes?

You're most likely to see BTS used to describe behind-the-scenes content on social media and web forums. For example, superfans may use the BTS acronym as they discuss articles about how their favorite show or film was made.

However, as the Kpop band BTS has increased in popularity, social media and forum users have mostly stopped using BTS to mean "behind the scenes" - because the acronym is now so closely linked to the Kpop group.


I've watched all the BTS content that comes on the LOTR DVDs ... I really want to travel to Weta Workshop!

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Updated August 17, 2021
4. What does BTS stand for?

Be there soon

When you are messaging someone that you will be there soon, send "BTS" to save time. You may text it when meeting up with someone at a physical location, like a restaurant, or message a person online when you are about to join a virtual meeting or gaming match.

Most people send BTS when they are late to join some type of event at a previously agreed-upon time. It's often meant to be a reassurance to others in the group that they didn't forget about the plans and that they shouldn't begin without them since they will be arriving shortly.

Of course, "soon" is relative, so the recipient may respond with "how soon is soon?" if it is an urgent matter. Or they may not know what "BTS" is since it is not a common acronym.

There are many time-related acronyms people send to communicate their whereabouts. Some common ones include "OTW," "OMW," "SBTM," "BRB," and "BBS."


You coming? The movie's about to start
BTS. I got held up in traffic
BTS is a relative term
BTS is a relative term

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Updated August 16, 2021

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