i always thought it was a joke -- a play on the careless typing/texting of 13 year olds or cats. similar to LOL1!11.
as an aside, i truly wish this existed.
fuck the what
For the win (ftw) is often used on 1up.com, the lamest site for video game reviews/previews.
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.
Don't forget PWND.
I kind of like "fuck the what?" WTF is so passe now...
I only used FTW while playing FFXI, an MMORPG.
I've always read FTW as fuck the world.
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.
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.
Being a Tucsonan, I read it as "Furious Truckstop Waitresses", a local rollerderby team.
But I'm familiar with "for the win" as well.
Oh... there goes my little smile every time I read "fuck the what". :(
"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."
dear ljg @ 2
Your wish has been truly granted:
No really... there are already two dozen implementations:
FTW: For The Win. / LOL: Laugh Out Loud. / PITA: Pain In The Ass. / GFIMAMMG: Giant Fist In My Ass Making Me Grimace.
Don't feel bad. I only just found out what l33t means.
I'm just glad no one talks |_1|
Oh. I've always used it as "Fuck the world", as well.
I prefer "Fuck the world" over "For the win."
Amy, clearly you're not in the know. You should resign your Stranger Blogging privileges immediately.
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.
I always thought it meant Fvc1c The Whiners ...
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.
As a result of this post, amy is so FTL.
I always thought it meant fI'm tA wBigfatdork
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).
@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).
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