WTH

What Does WTH Mean?

WTH most often means "What The Hell?", but it can also mean "Who The Hell?" or "Where The Hell?". (Context will dictate which version is being used.)

WTH is a more polite version of the far more common WTF (What The F*ck?). Another common version is WT (What The?), which avoids the swearword altogether.

The term WTH is used to express surprise or shock, having just been told some news or having just experienced an event.

Summary of Key Points

"What the Hell?" is the most common definition for WTH on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WTH
Definition:What the Hell?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write WTH, I mean this:

meaning of WTH
WTH is a polite version of WTF.

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Examples of WTH in Sentences

Here are examples of WTH being used in conversations:
  • Person A: I've been sacked from work for poor punctuality.
  • Person B: WTH! Are you joking?
  • Person A: WTH! A mouse just ran across my floor.
  • Person B: That's not a surprise. Your room is filthy.

An Academic Look at WTH

WTH 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 kidding" instead of WTH.

Summary of Key Points

Second Definition for WTH

This meaning was also noted:

WTH
Definition:Who the Hell?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points

Third Definition for WTH

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

WTH
Definition:Where the Hell?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Example of WTH Used in a Text

 
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See Also

BWTH (but what the hell) WTF (what the f*ck) 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?)