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Tuesday, July 17, 2007


posted by on July 17 at 13:37 PM

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@23 ftw

Posted by 1up | July 17, 2007 1:24 PM

Am I the only one who doesn’t know what “ftw” means?

According to the (not exactly authoritative) Urban Dictionary, it’s short for “for the win!,” used to express enthusiasm for something, and derived from the game show Hollywood Squares. Lol!

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i always thought it was a joke -- a play on the careless typing/texting of 13 year olds or cats. similar to LOL1!11.

Posted by ljg | July 17, 2007 1:50 PM

as an aside, i truly wish this existed.

Posted by ljg | July 17, 2007 1:51 PM

fuck the what

Posted by Matthew | July 17, 2007 1:53 PM

For the win (ftw) is often used on, the lamest site for video game reviews/previews.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 17, 2007 1:57 PM

FTW is legitimate. For the win. As in: hooray! If LOL is Internet 101, and IMHO and WTF are Internet 102, then FTW and RTFM are Internet 112: Introductory Topics in Geek Code.

Posted by Christin | July 17, 2007 2:07 PM

Don't forget PWND.

Posted by ljg | July 17, 2007 2:10 PM

I kind of like "fuck the what?" WTF is so passe now...

Posted by Jaime-Leigh | July 17, 2007 2:11 PM

I only used FTW while playing FFXI, an MMORPG.

Posted by Gitai | July 17, 2007 2:12 PM

I've always read FTW as fuck the world.

Posted by Ken Ketchum | July 17, 2007 2:12 PM

I always read it as "fuck the world" for some reason. I thought it was some kind of absurdly jubilant nihilist taunt. Now I'm disappointed.

Posted by Eric Grandy | July 17, 2007 2:13 PM

FTW is definately one step up in internets code. Like sayin "the tubes" or usin': teh, !!!11!!!, roflcopter, pwn, pwning, pwnd, l33t, sk1llz, n00b, n3wb, etc.

btw, th1s post is pixilicious.

Posted by Original Monique | July 17, 2007 2:16 PM

Being a Tucsonan, I read it as "Furious Truckstop Waitresses", a local rollerderby team.

But I'm familiar with "for the win" as well.

Posted by supergp | July 17, 2007 2:30 PM

Oh... there goes my little smile every time I read "fuck the what". :(

Posted by Phelix | July 17, 2007 2:31 PM

"I am being confronted with something so incomprehensible that 'What The Fuck?' is no longer a useful question and must itself be scrambled in order to more closely address the thing in question."

Posted by pox | July 17, 2007 2:41 PM

dear ljg @ 2

Your wish has been truly granted:

No really... there are already two dozen implementations:

intertron-geeks ftw!

Posted by yoyojedi | July 17, 2007 2:43 PM


Posted by CodyBolt | July 17, 2007 2:45 PM

FTW: For The Win. / LOL: Laugh Out Loud. / PITA: Pain In The Ass. / GFIMAMMG: Giant Fist In My Ass Making Me Grimace.

You're welcome.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | July 17, 2007 3:07 PM

Don't feel bad. I only just found out what l33t means.

Posted by --MC | July 17, 2007 3:09 PM

I'm just glad no one talks |_1|

Posted by steve | July 17, 2007 3:20 PM

Oh. I've always used it as "Fuck the world", as well.
I prefer "Fuck the world" over "For the win."

Posted by Vivian | July 17, 2007 3:34 PM

Amy, clearly you're not in the know. You should resign your Stranger Blogging privileges immediately.

Posted by Justin | July 17, 2007 3:35 PM

FTW has meant fuck the world since before the web existed. For evidence, I point you to a movie you might enjoy for all sorts of other reasons, The Decline of Western Civilization (Darby Crash!), wherein Exene Cervenka, all pretty and punky in 1980, explains a homemade FTW tattoo.

Posted by Eric F | July 17, 2007 3:37 PM

I always thought it meant Fvc1c The Whiners ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 17, 2007 4:03 PM

and it's n00bz and luser and p0wned, n00bz.

which is based on the old Net-speak of newbie, luser (a unix command), and the alteration of the word Owned so that it wasn't censored.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 17, 2007 4:06 PM

As a result of this post, amy is so FTL.

Posted by K | July 17, 2007 4:11 PM

I always thought it meant fI'm tA wBigfatdork

Posted by jamier | July 17, 2007 6:05 PM

FTW (For The Win) is legit on the net. Sometimes you see WTF = FTW, because not only is it a convenient palindrome, but it expresses the recent trend toward bizarre image manips that confuse people (like the shock image lotustits).

Posted by K in Seattle | July 18, 2007 4:44 AM

@22: Geez, THANK you, I was feeling like a lone fucking dinosaur here for a minute... since FTW means one and only one thing to me: Fuck The World. And yeah, I know more than one homemade FTW tattoo (and have made more than one piece of FTW jewelry).

Posted by Dorion | July 18, 2007 10:33 AM

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