What does the acronym "btf" mean in the following sentence:

This project was a labour of love that took developers btf five years to accomplish.

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  • Meaning is essential to context. Where does this sentence come from? Who is the audience? What are the surrounding sentences? Without knowing this, it is impossible to say definitively whether it is an abbreviation, a name, a term, or a typographical error. – choster Apr 12 at 14:57

The abbreviation "btf" is the name of the developer.

It is not an acronym because the abbreviation can't be used as a pronounceable word.

Some examples of acronym are

  • NATO
  • laser
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    Do you know those as developers? I can't find them.... – Lambie Apr 11 at 19:10
  • @Lambie I found this PDF and also this site although whether it is the same btf as in the question is moot. It seems clear from the context that "btf" is the name of the developer. If it meant something else, the sentence would probably have read "the developers btf..." – Weather Vane Apr 11 at 19:15
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    That's not a universally accepted definition of acronym, mind. Few people will observe the distinction between an acronym and initialism (simply because, by my lights, not a lot of people are familiar with the word initialism in the first place – en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronym, quoting MWDEU, a reputable usage dictionary, appears to confirm that). – userr2684291 Apr 11 at 19:18
  • @userr2684291 indeed Benelux is an acronym, but is not formed from initials. – Weather Vane Apr 11 at 19:22
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    The questionable part is the pronounceable bit, but yes. – userr2684291 Apr 11 at 19:25

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