WTF

What Does WTF Mean?

WTF typically means "What The F*ck?", but it can also mean "Who The F*ck?" or "Where The F*ck?". (You will need to use context to determine which version is being used.)

As it features a strong swearword, WTF is sometimes replaced with WTH (What The Hell?).

WT (What The?), which avoids the swearword altogether, is also a common alternative for WTF.

WTF is used to express surprise or shock, after receiving some news or after experiencing an event.

Summary of Key Points

"What the F*ck?" is the most common definition for WTF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WTF
Definition:What the F*ck?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write WTF, I mean this:

meaning of WTF
WTF expresses shock or surprise.

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Examples of WTF in Sentences

Here are examples of WTF being used in conversations:
  • Person A: I'm going to sack Jane if she's late.
  • Person B: WTF? You can't. There are employment laws, you know?
  • Person A: WTF? Did you hear that bang?
  • Person B: No, I live on the other side of the world.

An Academic Look at WTF

WTF is typically used an interjection. An interjection is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. It is included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm. In formal writing, interjections are offset from the surrounding words with commas.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "You have got to be joking me" instead of WTF.

Summary of Key Points

Second Definition for WTF

This meaning was also noted:

WTF
Definition:Who the F*ck?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points

Third Definition for WTF

This meaning was also noted, but it is not common:

WTF
Definition:Where the F*ck?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Example of WTF Used in a Text

 
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See Also

BWTH (but what the hell) WTH (what the hell) DF (short version of what the f*ck) WT? (what the?) WTC (what the crap?) WTH (what the hell?) WTHIGO (what the hell is going on?) WTHIT (what the hell is that?) WTHIWWY (what the hell is wrong with you?)