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What Does RD Mean in Texting?

What does RD mean in texting? In the world of texting, where terms, slang, and abbreviations are ever-evolving, new ones always pop up now and then. “RD” is one of them. You might have come across this when you’ve texted people and wondered what it means, but you were probably embarrassed to ask them.

What does RD Mean in Texting?

People frequently use “RD” in texting and on social media platforms. It’s a very popular acronym. “RD” stands for the real deal. Like the actual phrase, it also signifies truthfulness and authenticity, indicating that something or someone is authentic and not fake, pretentious, or simulated.

Fun fact: Over 560 billion text messages are sent per month! That sure is a lot!

Alternative Meanings

  • “RD” could also mean research and development. Although research and development usually include a & between R and D.
  • “RD” might also mean reception desk. For this, the context of your conversation is important for understanding if it means a reception desk.
  • Finally, “RD” could also stand for remote desktop.

Examples of RD in a Text Exchange

Example one

  • Guy 1: I think the Playstation I bought might be fake.
  • Guy 2: Why? Do you think it’s not the rd because it’s not from a store? Guy 1: It’s hard to say. When I compared it to pieces of other people’s, it just seemed different.

Example two

  • Guy 1: Quit bickering. You’re just an aspiring lawyer.
  • Guy 2: Oh, I’m not a wannabe lawyer. I’m the rd.

See also: What does MB mean in texting?

What does RD mean When a Girl Texts it to Me?

If a girl you know texts you “RD” when you guys are chatting, it could mean a couple of things. Most likely than not, she’s referring to the “real deal.”

As explained before, this acronym is used to indicate genuineness and authenticity.

When she uses “RD,” she’s trying to convey that the topic you are talking about is significant, sincere, or truly serious.

Related: What does P mean in texting?

What does RD mean When a Guy Texts it to Me?

When a guy uses the abbreviation “RD” when texting you, it usually carries similar sentiments as when a girl does it.

This indicates that the guy is trying to convey something as genuine or authentic.

It could be a heartfelt confession, a sincere intention, or a serious conversation, but “RD” could be a subtle clue that he’s taking the subject with absolute sincerity.

Does RD Mean the Same in Texting as It Does on Social Media?

You should be pleasantly surprised to know that RD does mean the same everywhere across all digital platforms.

Whether it is used in a social media post about a certain product somebody bought or in a text someone wrote to you about something, “RD” always means the real deal.


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About the author

Ryan Sanderson (LCSW) Ryan is a game and relationship enthusiast who enjoys all things quizzes, games, fun, love, relationships, and family. He's a licensed social worker and helps families, couples, and children in need. He's spoken about love and relationships on Salon.com, Forbes, and Mirror, to name a few.

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