What Does TIFU Mean?

TIFU means "Today I F*cked Up."

The acronym TIFU is used with the meaning "Today I F*cked Up," as an admission that the sender has done something wrong or made a mess of something (i.e., made a mistake).

TIFU is a particularly popular abbreviation on Reddit, where there is an entire subreddit, in which members share their (occasionally funny) experiences.

Summary of Key Points

"Today I F*cked Up" is the most common definition for TIFU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:Today I F*cked Up
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for TIFU

When I write TIFU, I mean this:

meaning of TIFU
TIFU could be Homer's catchphrase.


Examples of TIFU in Sentences

Here are examples of TIFU being used in sentences:
  • TIFU. I dropped the recycling into the container, together with my cell phone and house keys. I had to wait three hours for the guys to get them out.
  • TIFU. I mixed up my boss' number with yours and now he thinks I want to sleep with him.

An Academic Look at TIFU

TIFU is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

What Did We Use To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Today I f*cked up" or something like "Today I screwed up", instead of using TIFU. 

Example of TIFU Used in a Text

Using TIFU on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Reddit)


See Also

Selves-isolating (Locking down with a partner) BLOOPER (mistake) FAUX PAS (mistake) GAFF (mistake) GLITCH (temporary mistake) ID10T (user error)