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I lived near Bergerac for a few years, but didn't really use Facebook to connect with my French friends until I left the country really.

I often see tkt used, but I cannot figure out the context, or really what it means. A friend expanded it for me a while ago but it was not clear to me why he was using it in that sentence.

If somebody could expand it, translate it and use it in a few contexts, that would be much appreciated.

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tkt is SMS lingo for t'inquiète, shortened form of ne t'inquiète pas. It has the same usage as don't worry or that is all right in English.

— Désolé pour hier soir
— T'inquiète

— Sorry for last night
— Don't worry, that's all right

And, recently, I believe, it has started to be used to emphasize an affirmation

Oh, t'as la classe, ce soir
T'inquiète, bien sûr que j'ai la classe

— Wow, you're classy, tonight
— You bet your ass I am¹

but this usage still sounds very banlieusard.


¹ Fell free to correct my attempts at American English slang.

  • Merci, c'est la réponse exacte que je voulais. – m88ulv May 31 '13 at 8:57
  • That's definitely American English and not British English slang haha – m88ulv May 31 '13 at 9:46
  • @MartinMulvey What would it be in British English? – Evpok May 31 '13 at 10:58
  • @evpok "you bet your arse"? >_>;; – Circeus Jun 1 '13 at 8:02
  • It would depend which part of the country you were from. I would say something like "obviously." In that context. – m88ulv Jun 3 '13 at 21:36
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This is precisely the same thing English people tend to use some time that is np for No Problem.

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