According to Urban Dictionary and other glossaries, STG is a relatively popular acronym that stands for ‘Swear To God’. It is used in situations where one wants to express their visible frustration or exasperation.
The term can be used in various situations and is particularly common between teens and young adults while texting. But it is never used in formal settings as it is not considered to be inappropriate.
In this article, I’ll take you through its main usage, alternative terms and words that may come in handy to you online!
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STG or Swear To God is an abbreviation usually seen being used on text messages on apps such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms where people can interact with one another.
It is used to interpret a person’s mood when they’re annoyed or exasperated emotion. This is particularly frequent when it involves situations where one party is in disbelief. Without context, STG doesn’t really make much sense and the meaning drastically changes from setting to setting.
It can be interpreted as a positive and a negative expression. In the examples below, I will illustrate some of these situations where the connotation of STG changes because of the change in setting.
- Example 1
Person 1: Hey! Can you cover for me in class again? I woke up late and I don’t want to miss the quiz in the second period!
Person 2: Really, Again? I STG if you do this one more time, I’m telling on you.
Against this backdrop, the term can be seen being used as a negative response. Person 2 is clearly annoyed that they have to keep covering up for Person 1 on a seemingly regular basis. To express this irritation they decide to use STG as a warning that they might complain the next time it happens again.
- Example 2
Person 1: Did you see that meme I sent you on Instagram?
Person 2: Yea, the one with the baby smiling. What about it?
Person 1: Dude STG that’s the cutest baby I’ve ever seen!
This example has a more positive vibe surrounding the phrase STG. Person 1 is very visibly excited about something but can’t express their elation on text unless they use STG.
Person 2 doesn’t really put out a dissentient mood to the conversation either, thus, the term can be used in any kind of situation but the meaning varies depending on the context.
While texting, here are some other words that can be used instead of STG:
OMG – Oh My God
FFS – For Fucks’ Sake
ISTG – I Swear To God
WTF – What The Fuck
LMAO – Laughing My Ass Off
IKR – I Know Right