I hope to save some folks some embarrassment later on down the road. I have seen WTF a couple of times here lately.
WTB means "want to buy"
In text messaging, WTF means "What the Fudge" only it ain't fudge.
Want To Find
Way Too Funny
I guess I spend too much time around kids who seem to text and speak text constantly.
Weird Toenail Fungus
Hmm, I thought, here at least, it was "Where To Buy" & "Where To Find."
But, I am getting sick of all the esoteric abbreviations in use in the regular world, for instance the "BOGO" sales ads. Especially since it ain't necessarily ""Buy One, Get One Free" sometimes it's "Buy One, Get One at 1/2 price," or some other discount.
Not being around the texting world I still get a chuckle when I see "WTF"
I think "What The Floss" has been around a lot longer then texting.
HAHAHAHAHA I'm like Tom, I see WTF and think it means what the fudge. I raised an eyebrow when I saw that other thread and wondered "What was he really intending cause surely it's not what I'm thinking."
or for the older set:
: ^ )
I can't understand about half of the above?
And if you do find it, then what?
Did you just want to know that it still exists?
Did you want to see a picture of it?
Did you want to trade for it or by it?
As Mother used to say: "Use your words."
WTF...Water The Flowers....something I do when I'm too far from the house to make it to the bathroom
Wayne, I have no idea what Keith's older set is, but my WDH was "We Done Here?"
And was meant in jest! (indigestion???)
PS, Want to come up, but weather & car fixin' has prevented it!
As seen in the marina I'm at during the summer, boat name Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, of course they think it's funny, especially when hailing or being hailed over the radio.
Hmm I always thought it meant "Why The Fuss"....
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing.
For the older set:
ROFL ACGU - Rolling On Floor Laughing And Can't Get Up.
: ^ )
No wonder I didn't get it--you forgot the O!!
However, I may not have figured out the Can't Get UP--I LIKE it!!
Time to get out the Radio Orphan Annie Secret Society Decoder Badge
I don't know. I've been heard to mutter "What The F___" many times while restoring a T...
What The Ford
and BFH, Big Forceful Hammer
I'm surprised at you guys. No one has mentioned the original acronym from which WTF was derived..
In the very early days of voice radio, particularly for ships at sea, there was a concentrated effort to develop standard abbreviations and acronyms that were universally understood. Development of this common language was critical for clear understanding of messages. Since many of these early abbreviations were not always interpreted the same by all radio operators, often there was confusion. So, the very first acronym to achieve the much needed universal meaning was WTFO, or "What The F##k, Over".
My kids think I make this stuff up....
Bill, when you get really mad you go get the GBFH. Great Big Forceful Hammer!
Back when CompuServe Forums were the principal place for people to communicate, there were lots of those acronyms. With no smileys, we had to use letters. So <g> was "grin" and <bg> was "big grin," On the Masonry Forum, we also used <bfg>, which stood for "big fraternal grin." (What did you think it meant?)
SNAFU Situation Normal All Fuc#%@ Up
I know that I am a strange person. Sorry, I was born that way. I have always found THAT word to be objectionable, and have never really used it. I do accept that it is widely used and sort of just filter it out. I have done a lot of work around construction where it was used in almost every sentence by almost everyone but me.
I do get a kick out of reading some of you other decent people trying to dance around the word. I love this website.
Jay, I love that decoder!
David D, Just give me a call any time you are coming up this way and have a little time to spare! Hopefully, I won't be out taking care of sick family again. I gotta get down and see your place, and Barney!
The Metz is somewhat buried, but still here. It IS in very poor condition.
We had a saying in the army Fubar which describes a lot of things today.
Fouled up beyond all recognition.
In some ways we are sooo alike! I too, was raised to never use "that word" as it was/is disrespectful to women. I had an unusual childhood for one growing up in the 50/60s because my folks owned a resort and shared all the work; Dad could cook (although his specialty was breakfast)and Mom worked doing cabins and running the office, so I just figured both genders did stuff & a lot of times worked together.
Not to say I'm not sexist; I think we all are a bit & I'm lazy, so if someone thinks they should be doing something so I don't have to do it, well, FINE! OK, up to a point!
There were a lot of strong women in Dunsmuir while I was growing up--Mrs. Lee taught 6th grade and was probably all of 4 feet tall; but when you were in Kindergarten, the word was out; DO NOT mess with Mrs. Lee! I have no idea how she got that reputation, she always seemed pleasant. Mrs. Day was High School English and was a former WAC Sargent--nope, don't mess with her!
So, not to derail this thread, just wanted to explain why I too, do not use "that word."
BTW, I'm a Steamboat nut, and while onboard the boats, folks like me are called FRNs--FRIENDLY River Nuts--at least that's our story; the crew will tell you something else! And yes, it's become a badge of honor!
As a police officer we use. DWHUA. Driving with head up a**.Everyone runs across that guy!
Not to "derail" this thread, but a thought just occurred to me David,.....a very good friend (originally from Seattle) of our family that lived up on Lopez Island in the San Juans where my folks lived, is someone that you, as a museum curator and also an "FRN", just might have known, or might at least have heard of. Ralph Hitchcock was somewhat of an authority on stern wheeler and side wheeler river boats and a master model-builder. Ralph built a large scale model of the J.M. White that was (and as far as I know, still is) in the Smithsonian. I remember distinctly how very interested he was in the series of 35mm photos I took of the Sprague, just a year or so before she burned. What a shame that was,....the Sprague set tow records on the Mississippi, some of which as far as I know still stand today. Anyway,....as I said,.... just thoughts that for some reason (maybe your steamboat comment) crossed my ever aging mind,....FWIW,.....harold.
Yes, not to derail this thread, but let's choke a stump for a few. . .
I've hear of him, but don't think I ever met him. The J.M. White was quite a boat. The dining room of the American Queen is patterned after the JM's. -- note pic of some refugees from the Delta Queen sneaking lunch onboard while we were rafted with her.
Loss of the Sprague was tragic. Especially tragic is that she could have been restored, but some wag cut the hog rods, which buckled the hull and ended any hope of saving the boat. I think she held the record for wheel size too. you got to see her in person, I'm jealous!
Yeah,...."wheel size"! That's one of my most vivid memories of the Sprague when we were aboard her in the summer of '72, two years before she burned.
I was impressed that the top half of the thirteen and a half foot diameter wheel was in the wheelhouse where the helmsman was, and the bottom half of the wheel was below the wheelhouse deck, where there were either one or two deckhands to "man" the bottom half of the wheel to help the helmsman above. Guess you could say she was "hand steered", but I guess it sometimes took as many as two extra pairs of hands, huh?
Forgot to say, nice picture David. Your "better half" sure looks happy there,.....she must share your "steamboat enthusiasm"! Or, maybe she's laughing because you're taking a second shot because you forgot to remove the lens cap the first time, ha ha,....harold
Gee, how'd you know THAT???
SS J. M. White
Yep, that's a Well Stacked boat (Yes, that's where the expression came from). Fancy stacks were part of the marketing of a boat. Out here in the far west, our boats were very different, with the pilot house far forward and usually just a single stack aft of it. Our boats also had a lot more "freeboard;" that is the first deck was higher up from the waterline, mostly because of the rougher waters out here.
(I've lost track of the source of this picture, note Bay Bridge in background and the large numbers of people on deck, as this is a special daytime excursion for the DQ.)
You had better not use the "F" word around my wife.
She teaches Ethics at a NH College and she explains this during the first class of each semester.
She even goes as far as telling them that they will get a failing grade for class participation on any day that she hears them use it.
If she finds it in their final paper they will get a zero on it and most likely fail the class.
She explains that she wants to know what they THINK, not what they FEEL.
She is amazed that many of the kids don't know how to think.
They just go with what they have been told and what feels good.
By the end of the semester the students have been exposed to THINKING, and some say the her class changed their lives.
Don't use the other "F" either!