Did someone ask you if you want to go to ‘Starbs’, and you have no idea what they mean? In this article, we’ll look at the definition of this casual slang term as well as examples of its use in sentences.
In brief, ‘Starbs’ is a shortened version of ‘Starbucks.’ This slang word can be used anytime you would use the name of the popular Seattle-based coffee chain.
‘Starbs’ is a slang term that is used to refer to the iconic Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks. Not only is shortening the two-syllable word “Starbucks” convenient, but it also adds a humorous twang when referring to the popular coffee shop. You might also hear people refer to Starbucks as “Starbies.”
As an example, your coworker might ask you if you “want anything from Starbs” or let you know that they’re “running to Starbs” on their break.
Starbucks was founded at Seattle’s Pike Place Market by Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl back in 1971. The company was sold to Howard Schultz in the early 1980s, at which time it was a coffee bean store. Schultz decided to transform the business into a coffee shop that served espresso-based drinks after taking a business trip to Milan, Italy.
The franchise expanded aggressively with Shultz as the chief executive officer, a title he held from 1986 to 2000 and then returned again during the 2008 financial crisis. Starbucks had since positioned itself as a leader in the industry of fair trade coffee under the leadership of Orin Smith.
By the turn of the century, there were about 2,500 Starbucks locations in roughly a dozen countries. By 2007, there were more than 15,000 locations around the world and more than 32,000 stores worldwide by 2021.
Arguably the most coffee chain in the entire world, Starbucks has received both great praise and intense criticism over the decades. It is said that Starbucks sells around 4 million cups of coffee every day.
Considering just how popular Starbucks is, it’s not a surprise that a slang term has emerged in the common lexicon.
It is said that it first appeared on the internet during the late 2000s when it was used on social media platforms and various online forums. Starbucks is also sometimes abbreviated as “SBUX,” which is also the ticker symbol for the company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
How would you use ‘Starbs’ in a sentence? Let’s look at some examples:
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