from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • abbreviation what the fuck?

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  • initialism military slang, Internet slang, text messaging Initialism of What the fuck.
  • initialism rare Where the fuck, why the fuck, when the fuck or who the fuck.
  • initialism sports World Taekwondo Federation


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  • I think I may have previously mentioned what I call the "WTF" effect ... the first few sentences make you wonder "WTF is going on here"?

    It Only Happens Once

  • I often use what I like to call the "WTF" effect, where the first line or paragraph causes the reader to wonder "WTF is happening here?" and want to keep reading.

    It Was a Dark and Stormy Night ...

  • Everyone in the room caught the reference to the acronym WTF—which in the military and elsewhere means “What the fuck?”

    Obama’s Wars

  • WTF is buzzoverm. as well as since does the spoof by them garner sufficient attention for Google to censure?

    Google Upset by Racist Michelle Obama Image | Drudge Retort

  • For bonus points (one commenter said, “WTF is a “gendered identity”?”), you can read up on gender.

    So Now What? « Dyepot, Teapot

  • And WTF is up with the Senate splitting jurisdiction over ‘mass transit’ into the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee and not keeping jurisdiction of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee?

    Matthew Yglesias » New York Needs a Senator!

  • But you guys who are so quick to dis him for it ought to ask yourselves WTF is wrong with your concept of how a democracy should work.

    Matthew Yglesias » Feel the Kausmentum

  • WTF is buzzoverm. as well as since does the spoof by them garner sufficient attention for Google to censure?

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • WTF, is this female genital mutilation thing? ... it should, be declared a crime & all practitioners should be arrested & thrown in jail. .it is worse than rape

    Putting "the true-lie" to rest

  • WTF is it with forest moons in scifi, anyway they seem to breed annoying cultures.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Just got back from Avatar.


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  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, right? ....right?

    January 4, 2011

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    January 4, 2011

  • Welcome to Finland.

    January 5, 2011

  • For more wild speculation, and also a rare typo by bilby, see wtf.

    January 5, 2011

  • Acronym Finder suggests several other things it might stand for, but I suspect that many of them were submitted facetiously.

    January 5, 2011