[Ads-l] "BFF" (1978)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 18 18:29:42 UTC 2022

OED3 (Jan. 2011 draft addition) has "BFF" = "best friend(s) forever" from
1987. Here it is from 1978.

Albuquerque Tribune, June 5, 1978, p. A1, col. 2
The two Cleveland Junior High School girls signed the notes they sent to
each other with a "BFF," best friends forever.

I also looked for "BFF" in high school yearbooks on Internet Archive but
didn't find anything earlier where the expansion of the initialism was


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