What Does FTW Mean? THIS Is What It Means!
What does FTW mean?
Short answer: FTW can mean either "For the win" or "Fuck the world"
FTW has several meanings in the online world, so the chances are that you've seen this term floating around somewhere on the Internet. So what does it mean? FTW is an acronym that means "for the win." This definition may seem obscure. I mean, what does "for the win" really mean? Well, think about it. If you're in an online game and you capture the flag, you did it for the win or so that you could win. If you're working really hard on a paper for school, you probably want to get a good grade on it, so you're working extra hard on it FTW!
The phrase is often said in victory, but you can also say it while you're very near to victory, or even just working toward your goal. In other words, it's something of a modern-day rallying cry! Another phrase that has a similar meaning is "game, set, match!"
FTW has a few alternative meanings. Keep in mind that while other definitions exist, "for the win" is typically the most common.
If you use FTW when you mean to say something different, the person you are talking to might be confused. This is why you'll want to make sure that the person you're talking to knows what you're talking about.
Here are alternative meanings for the acronym.
- Fuck the world. This one was a prevalent meaning, especially among bikers in the 70s and 80s. At this time, "for the win" didn't even exist yet. However, due to the popularity of online games, "fuck the world" has dwindled in use. One should use caution when using the term to older people who are unaware of the new connotation.
- Free the whales.
- Face the wall.
- For those wondering.
- For the wine.
The Origin of FTW
Believe it or not, FTW has its origins in the television show Hollywood Squares. From its first usage on the game show, the term then spread to an online game called Defense of the Ancients (known more commonly as DotA.) This game is a spinoff of Blizzard's popular Warcraft III series.
From DotA, this word spread to other online games such as World of Warcraft. The term is highly popular and heavily used in the online gaming community. However, it can also be seen on many websites and social networks such as Reddit, which are frequented by gamers.
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