Q.E.D. October 8, 2008 8:48 AM   Subscribe

Could we have a moratorium on the incessant "FTW"?

Posting a comment is not really an entry in a contest, and if it were, surely you would not be the final arbiter.

Plus when someone says it I keep imagining some 14 year old jumping around in pajamas, arms flailing about, yelling FTW! FTW!
posted by plexi to Etiquette/Policy at 8:48 AM (168 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This thread, FT... oh never mind.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:52 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Could we have a moratorium on the incessant "FTW""FTFY"?

FTFY
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:53 AM on October 8, 2008 [8 favorites]


I vote no FTW.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 8:54 AM on October 8, 2008


Fake.
posted by carsonb at 8:54 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


While we're at it, how about a moratorium on the single-word responses to Ask Metafilter questions that end with a question mark.
posted by nitsuj at 8:55 AM on October 8, 2008


If it helps, you could try imagining instead a wry British referee standing around in a smart jacket, pausing for a moment to consider before dashing a finger in the direction of the referent and uttering, sotto voce before an expectant crowd: "for the win."
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:57 AM on October 8, 2008 [19 favorites]


I always do a double-take when I see that realize the person is not saying "Fuck The World".
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 8:57 AM on October 8, 2008 [11 favorites]


I believe I have said this before, but FTW always amuses me because I grew up in a world where FTW meant "fuck the world" and people were more likely to have it tattooed on the inside of their lip instead of bludgeoning people with it on the Internet.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:57 AM on October 8, 2008 [11 favorites]


Well, there are times, especially with Halloween coming up, where the best response really is "Fuck That Witch". I guess we can spell it out, if it really bugs you, but it's common enough that I think using the three letters is just easier.
posted by quin at 8:57 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Also, raw data. People have been FTWing on the site since 2001, it looks like, though it'd definitely a bullish fad lately.

Acronym/meme habits are hard to control; they tend to be pretty organic, and because we're talking about thirty thousand or so people it's not something that's going to be solved with a quick email, etc.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:59 AM on October 8, 2008


Fry the worms!
posted by klangklangston at 9:03 AM on October 8, 2008


Forgot the words!
posted by klangklangston at 9:03 AM on October 8, 2008


French the waitress!
posted by klangklangston at 9:04 AM on October 8, 2008 [4 favorites]


FTW now wordfilters to FAIL.
posted by cimbrog at 9:06 AM on October 8, 2008


I was watching a commercial the other day that confused the hell out of me. It was some car commercial, but the slogan was "Rethink MPG." here's me all wondering what the hell a car company is doing about video compression and why they would make a commercial about it. turns out it was about Miles Per Gallon. Whodathunk, ya know?

also, cortex FTW.

also, plexi WTF?
posted by shmegegge at 9:08 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Forget this weakness.
posted by grouse at 9:09 AM on October 8, 2008


Flog thespians wickedly?
posted by arnicae at 9:11 AM on October 8, 2008


wtfftwwtfftwwtfftwwtfftwwtfftwwtfftwwtfftwwtfftw
posted by eyeballkid at 9:12 AM on October 8, 2008 [15 favorites]


Flog the whales?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:12 AM on October 8, 2008


Force the words "for the win" from the web!
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:17 AM on October 8, 2008 [15 favorites]


ftw?
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 9:19 AM on October 8, 2008


QFT. FTW, WTF? IDK, YMMV.
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:21 AM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Fungo the wiffleball?
posted by rtha at 9:21 AM on October 8, 2008


Forgive the wicked.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:22 AM on October 8, 2008


Fool the wiccans?
posted by otolith at 9:23 AM on October 8, 2008


I'm going to jump ahead a step and demand a moratorium on declaring moratoria on moratoria.
posted by Eideteker at 9:23 AM on October 8, 2008


Favorite the wicked.
posted by Tehanu at 9:25 AM on October 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


Hey, I was just going to declare a moratorium on declaring moratoria on moratoria! I slap you with a glove and demand satisfaction!
posted by desuetude at 9:25 AM on October 8, 2008


Am I the only one who reads "FTFY" as "Fuck that! Fuck YOU!"?

It took me forever to understand such harsh reactions accompany seemingly innocuous correction statements. And actually, now that I now the truth, I think my initial translation was probably somewhat apt.
posted by barnacles at 9:25 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Finally This Wendells.

Actually, I have a cousin with the initials FTW (the W is for Wittler), although I haven't spoken him in years, since before I became active on the Internet. Which is OK, my father's side of the family is kind of creepy. With apologies to everyone named Wittler who I am not closely related to and has never met me.

And WTF? Wendell Thinks Funny.
posted by wendell at 9:26 AM on October 8, 2008


> when someone says it I keep imagining some 14 year old jumping around in pajamas, arms flailing about, yelling FTW!

Yes, yes. That's exactly what's going on. You can't possibly have a problem with adolescent enthusiasm, can you?
posted by ardgedee at 9:27 AM on October 8, 2008


While we're at it, how about a moratorium on the single-word responses to Ask Metafilter questions that end with a question mark.

I do that. If the answer is one word, why draw it out with a bunch of superfluous typing? And the question mark is because I'm not sure...I'm asking. It's Ask Metafilter.
posted by iconomy at 9:27 AM on October 8, 2008


I know what FTW stands for, but I always read it initially as "fut the wuck?" (whether or not the original "FTW" was followed by a question mark). It seems like the sort of Spoonerism a conservative teenager would use in order to almost swear.
posted by Flipping_Hades_Terwilliger at 9:44 AM on October 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


Whenever I used to see the logo or whatever for Stone Temple Pilots (like on a bookbag or something), I always wondered why someone was confirming that they were existing at standard temperature and pressure.
posted by Pax at 9:49 AM on October 8, 2008


Foster The Wallace.

(FHT, I had the same problem for a long time. It's interesting how many candidates for FTWing make plausible targets for either "YES!" or "jesus christ you're kidding me" reactions.)
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:49 AM on October 8, 2008


First!
posted by yhbc at 9:59 AM on October 8, 2008


shit
posted by yhbc at 9:59 AM on October 8, 2008


And if you MUST post a "FTW" at least fave the comment! I mean, duh!
posted by DU at 10:00 AM on October 8, 2008


What planet do you have to live on to think that a) this is important enough to complain about, and that b) anyone besides the curmudgeonly outliers will agree that this TLA needs to be banned? Just get over it.
posted by Plutor at 10:00 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


I always wondered why someone was confirming that they were existing at standard temperature and pressure

No, they just really dug Scientifically Treated Petroleum.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:00 AM on October 8, 2008


Frogs Taste Weird
posted by jason's_planet at 10:09 AM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


moratorium FTW!
posted by Artw at 10:14 AM on October 8, 2008


LMT
posted by thirteenkiller at 10:16 AM on October 8, 2008


"FTW" FTW!
posted by C17H19NO3 at 10:29 AM on October 8, 2008


Flag This Unnecessary Usage.
posted by zamboni at 10:31 AM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'm disappointed with the lack of FTB, which was an equally important part of Hollywood Squares.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:32 AM on October 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


Festoon That Wiener.
posted by Sailormom at 10:37 AM on October 8, 2008


Metafilter: some 14 year old jumping around in pajamas
posted by mikepop at 10:43 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


.._. _ .__
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:48 AM on October 8, 2008


I'm just noticing for the first time that on the internet WTF and FTW, while not direct antonyms, dwell in opposition to one another. Example:

Obama FTW! McCain WTF?

Denoting approval with one and disapproval with the other.

And FTWWTF is a internetacronympalindrome!
posted by eyeballkid at 10:50 AM on October 8, 2008


Could we have a moratorium on the incessant "FTW"?

Tsk, nobody's bothered to answer the question, so I will:

No.
posted by languagehat at 10:52 AM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


I keep imagining some 14 year old jumping around in pajamas, arms flailing about, yelling FTW! FTW!

Traumatic high school sleep-over experience much?
posted by CKmtl at 10:53 AM on October 8, 2008


languagehat ftw
posted by bonaldi at 10:55 AM on October 8, 2008 [4 favorites]


Can we have a moratorium on moratoriums?
moratoria?
posted by rocket88 at 10:58 AM on October 8, 2008


MeMeTaMori?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:00 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yes.
posted by Zambrano at 11:02 AM on October 8, 2008


more like moaratorium
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:04 AM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


FACE THE WHALES
posted by klangklangston at 11:10 AM on October 8, 2008


Nobody calls for jihads any more. I miss those.
posted by yhbc at 11:10 AM on October 8, 2008


I always hear it in a 'boring-sports' announcer voice (tennis or golf, not hockey or basketball).
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 11:10 AM on October 8, 2008


More like language fat, AMIRITE? LOL!
posted by scrump at 11:12 AM on October 8, 2008


SNAP! scrump Fed To Worms!
posted by not_on_display at 11:17 AM on October 8, 2008


Before I knew what FTW meant, I thought it was a meta-ironic misspelling of WTF along the lines of pwn. To this day, my brain reads FTW as "fut the wuck".
posted by socratic at 11:22 AM on October 8, 2008 [5 favorites]


Forget to write
posted by Cranberry at 11:24 AM on October 8, 2008


Fellate the Welsh
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:24 AM on October 8, 2008


Socratic wins. I've always had to take a moment to parse FTW, and now I shall just think "fut the wuck."
posted by theora55 at 11:25 AM on October 8, 2008


(Friendliness tops whining.)
posted by kittyprecious at 11:26 AM on October 8, 2008


Fellate the Welsh

Yes please.
posted by popcassady at 11:26 AM on October 8, 2008


Frankly, this won't
posted by box at 11:26 AM on October 8, 2008


At least it's not as bad as when someone says it in real life.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 11:26 AM on October 8, 2008


No.
posted by snsranch at 11:39 AM on October 8, 2008


French the waitress!

Hell, I married her.

Waitresses FTW (Find Tipping Wonderful).
posted by Mister_A at 11:46 AM on October 8, 2008


Financial Turmoil Whitewashed.
posted by Elmore at 11:46 AM on October 8, 2008


Gilbert Gottfried FTW, Tom!
posted by wendell at 11:47 AM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'm eterenally grateful that MeTa provides a place for people to provide for us a window into how the world would be if they could have their way.

It allows me to keep things in balance and in check, while recalling the reason why silly things like freedom of speech are of such a mind-boggling degree of importance.

Much as you're allowed to kvetch about our incessant use of FTW, we're allowed to incessantly use it. It's what keeps the wheels turning and ensures not just one person's take on things reigns supreme.

Free speech FTW!

*Flails arms wildly about.*
posted by disillusioned at 11:53 AM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


ftw owns
posted by Damn That Television at 11:53 AM on October 8, 2008


FUCK THE WORLD
posted by Sys Rq at 11:57 AM on October 8, 2008


Find That Waldo
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:59 AM on October 8, 2008


Fuck That Woosie!
posted by JohnnyGunn at 12:17 PM on October 8, 2008


and let me add: YOU FOOLS!!!
posted by wendell at 12:21 PM on October 8, 2008


Fire those wingmen!
posted by klangklangston at 12:21 PM on October 8, 2008


Fight The Wower! You've got to fight the wower that be!

Come to think of it, I wonder if I haven't always misunderstood those lyrics by Public Enemy.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:28 PM on October 8, 2008


GYOB
posted by Pastabagel at 12:31 PM on October 8, 2008


GY!BE
posted by eyeballkid at 12:32 PM on October 8, 2008


Yeah, seriously, get your own blimp. This one's mine, fuckers.
posted by Godbert at 12:37 PM on October 8, 2008


Could we have a moratorium on the incessant "FTW"?

FLEE THE WEB
posted by kittens for breakfast at 12:38 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Free the World!
posted by Mister_A at 12:43 PM on October 8, 2008


I at first thought it was sort of a disbelieving reaction:

Fuck The ...What??
posted by Ryvar at 12:51 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


FLEECE THE WORLD!
posted by eyeballkid at 12:52 PM on October 8, 2008


for the whine
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:56 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Flaccid, this weiner...
posted by Mister_A at 1:01 PM on October 8, 2008


Flense the worshipful.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:11 PM on October 8, 2008


I looked up flense. I do not think you are a nice man, adamschneider.
posted by Mister_A at 1:13 PM on October 8, 2008


actually, I didn't know what it stood for until I heard jessamyn expressing her "for the win" vs "f* the world" amusement in Austin this spring. When I saw the acronym before that, it was like my eyes just jumped past because I couldn't parse it into anything. now I like it, but in a giddy teenagey way.

also, your moratorium can haz FAIL.
posted by epersonae at 1:17 PM on October 8, 2008


Talk to me a bit more about this pajama-clad 14 year old...

What?

Do people even wear proper pajamas any longer? Most of what I see people call pajamas are old T-shirts and shorts. If you can't get it monogrammed* it isn't a set of pajamas.

* Monogramming: WTF?

posted by maxwelton at 1:18 PM on October 8, 2008


* Monogramming: WTF?
posted by maxwelton at 4:18 PM on October 8 [+] [!] No other comments.


MW would be more appropriate, don't you think?
posted by zamboni at 1:31 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


For what it's worth, the FTW comments always kind of hurt my feelings because they're rarely directed at my comment, and so I wind up with that feeling of "so then you're saying that my comment is a big nebbishy loser?" Ultimately I wind up regretting posting in the thread at all when there was this whole undeclared competition that I forgot I was competing in, and usually wander off to console myself with emergency pretend shopping therapy for baby stuff on Etsy or Craigslist.

But I know that I can't stop making people post "FTW!" so I guess my alternatives are to stop posting or post comments that are infinitely more winner-ish. if I do the latter and get really good at it, I can foresee a time when I will get really angry and demanding about future FTW comments, such as when more than one person declares "FTW!" in the same thread. In the case of such a tie, there needs to be a way for the real winner of the thread to be resolved so that s/he can feel the proper sense of accomplishment. Therefore I think that "FTW" should be added as part of the drop down menu, and that pb should program some sort of conflict resolution script based off of these votes, so that no Metafilterian will be in doubt over who has really won each thread. Then at the end of the year we should have some sort of boxing match or yoga competition between the two members who have won the most threads, and have the victorious person declared the Winner of Metafilter for the past year, and Matt should give them a Metafilter thong.
posted by onlyconnect at 1:47 PM on October 8, 2008 [5 favorites]


Finally, a sensible solution. onlyconnect FTW.
posted by Mister_A at 1:49 PM on October 8, 2008


From the womb!
posted by klangklangston at 1:50 PM on October 8, 2008


Five Ten Wifteen
posted by owtytrof at 1:59 PM on October 8, 2008


Finally. The worst fad that we face, the words 'for the win', fades to white. Further, "Tehanu wins!" fails to win, for thou wert false to wend, fickle toad, where former threads went, failing too. Witness, friends, these witless follies: "ThePinkSuperHero wins"? Folly. "theora55 wins"? Folly. "twoleftfeet wins"? Folly. Today, we freed the web from this wankery.
posted by nthdegx at 2:00 PM on October 8, 2008 [19 favorites]


...saying that my comment is a big nebbishy loser?

BNL. The new TLA.
posted by never used baby shoes at 2:03 PM on October 8, 2008


See this is really unacceptable and shows exactly what I mean about rampant FTW thread confusion. Who has really won this thread, cortex, languagehat, or me? languagehat's ftw comment has more favorites than anyone else's, but maybe that will change over time. I CANNOT LIVE IN THIS LIMBO, PEOPLE. I think the only fair thing to do at this point is call a FTW thunderdome.
posted by onlyconnect at 2:04 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bravo, nthdegx!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:16 PM on October 8, 2008


I do not think you are a nice man, adamschneider.

Only those who've been to a Chicago meetup can say for sure.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:17 PM on October 8, 2008


Message for nthgedx
posted by Mister_A at 2:19 PM on October 8, 2008


It's Raining Florence Henderson: "Bravo, nthdegx!"

Don't you mean: nthdegx for the something?
posted by Plutor at 2:19 PM on October 8, 2008


languagehat'seyeballkid's ftw comment has more favorites than anyone else's

FTFY FTW WOOT! LOL!
posted by eyeballkid at 2:20 PM on October 8, 2008


Further, "Tehanu wins!" fails to win

*cries*
posted by Tehanu at 2:22 PM on October 8, 2008


I think the only fair thing to do at this point is call a FTW thunderdome.

Fine with me, chucklehead. I'm The Man With The Blood On His Hands, and I was weaned on chicken milk and cocaine.
posted by languagehat at 2:22 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Fine with me, chucklehead. I'm The Man With The Blood On His Hands, and I was weaned on raised on chicken milk and cocaine.

OMGWTFLOLBBQ LH. FTFY.
posted by Mister_A at 2:26 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Ramses Luther Smuckles would beat himself up if he registered an account here. So no, try again.
posted by Tehanu at 2:28 PM on October 8, 2008


"Further, "Tehanu wins!" fails to win

*cries*"


Nothing personal! Just such-and-such wins comments in general I was talking about.
posted by nthdegx at 2:50 PM on October 8, 2008


I love all you kids. I needed comedy tonite....
posted by bjgeiger at 3:21 PM on October 8, 2008


To make milk from chicken meat, Dr Pipop said that the first step is to have the breast strips boiled and ground until smooth. Then essential nutrients for babies' growth is added to the mixture, which is frozen to -72C. After a decade of trial and error, the doctor finally came up with an effective technique to mix all components homogeneously, containing complete and standardised levels of vitamins and minerals. The milk is so smooth that it can easily be sucked through a rubber nipple.

languagehat, if you were really raised on this and cocaine, then I'm pretty sure I could take you in a bout of competitive yoga.
posted by onlyconnect at 3:58 PM on October 8, 2008


Flay the whiney
posted by The Light Fantastic at 4:01 PM on October 8, 2008


Fido-Tinted Whitey
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:04 PM on October 8, 2008


What I always wonder, is what are they winning exactly? Does the person with the most FTW! comments at the end of the thread get a trophy? A gold star? A lifetime supply of Swedish Fish? WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY WINNING?

(And I always parse "FTFY" as "Fifty" which confuses me until I remember it's an acronym, and not LOLSpeak.)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:05 PM on October 8, 2008


Done in a Darth Vader voice, "Fetch the wookie" has its appeal.

I think another good one would be "Let The Wookie Win" (LTWW), when somebody is trying to defuse an argument.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:12 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Last post at the moment FTW!!!!!1!!
posted by parmanparman at 4:18 PM on October 8, 2008


For once on one fresh summers morn', on which the sun did glow
The God did grant us one small boon as a breeze began to blow
Winning in the day's Derby was thus assured for a fifth time in a row

For we were a gentleman's team of grace and skill and guile
The strength we had v other teams brought us much revile
Win we would though, be assured, yet one more for our file

Fast and strong though our opponents were, their skills just could not match
The level at which we played that day right here on our patch
WIN News did say as much in their nightly dispatch

For here in old England on a hot summers day as we recieved the Derby Pin
The cries of the crowd could be heard far and wide and right across the din
Winning stirred their hearts and made them chant o'er and o'er, "For the Win!"
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:30 PM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Could we have a moratorium on the incessant "FTW"?

I believe the word you're looking for is lessatorium.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 4:34 PM on October 8, 2008


Fondle Tania's Wattle.
posted by h00py at 4:46 PM on October 8, 2008


WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY WINNING?

They are winning what Mrs. Wilbur M. Hubbard of Chestertown, Maryland, won when in 1928 the Women's National Democratic Club offered a prize for the best slogan for the Democrats in that year's elections; for her entry "Eight Years of Wall Street; Now Give Main Street a Chance" she won an etching of Woodrow Wilson's tomb.
posted by languagehat at 4:56 PM on October 8, 2008 [5 favorites]


First try welding.
posted by klangklangston at 5:01 PM on October 8, 2008


Fighty Tighty Whitey.

Could mean so many things.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:06 PM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


God damn it plexi, you've got to be kind.

(This message brought to you by The Salt Institute.)
posted by StrikeTheViol at 5:11 PM on October 8, 2008


Fiery Tongued Woman
posted by misha at 5:22 PM on October 8, 2008


DOWN WITH TIGHTY WHITEY!
posted by not_on_display at 5:28 PM on October 8, 2008


Calling out FTW, FTL.
posted by clearly at 6:20 PM on October 8, 2008


Fucking Teenage Whippersnappers. GTFOML.
posted by clearly at 6:21 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


If we must persist in citing comments FTW then I think we should have equal time citing comments FTF.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:47 PM on October 8, 2008


I think you are all FTWinners.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:51 PM on October 8, 2008


I liked this place better when Dave FTWer hung around.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:54 PM on October 8, 2008


*tries, fails to think of worthwhile RSS followup joke*
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:56 PM on October 8, 2008


I think we should keep FTW. However, while we're talking about acronyms we like and dislike, I think we should start using IJAF: It's Just a Fact.

It's my favorite because of the context in which it originated. (Link has NSFW text screenshot of a bit celebrity's poorly written erotic e-mail to someone.) If reading through the whole thing is too laughable, "it's just a fact" appears in the second-to-last line of the screenshot.

Sharing is caring.
posted by Nattie at 7:38 PM on October 8, 2008


ICP - FTW
posted by ALongDecember at 8:19 PM on October 8, 2008


I recall the last time someone suggested a moratorium on something in Metatalk, and the obvious response was to request a moratorium on moratoria.

This, I repeat.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:44 PM on October 8, 2008


We can't declare a moratorium on FTW now that we have so many great alternatives to "For the Win." (Count me in as another who always thought it stood for "Fuck The World" and spent way too long being confused about it.)

I have a cousin with the initials FTW

I have a co-worker whose initials are FAP. When I see a schedule with FAP FAP FAP FAP written all the way down the side, I have to keep myself from laughing out loud*, because if I explain to anyone else why it's funny I may also have to explain it to HR.



*Notice I didn't say LOL. If there is one acronym that needs to disappear, it's LOL.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:01 PM on October 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Lol is basically just a word now rather than an acronym.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 9:07 PM on October 8, 2008


Fanfaring Tautologies Wittgensteinian.
posted by BrotherCaine at 9:52 PM on October 8, 2008


As long as we're complaining ineffectually, I think 'fighty' needs to go. It makes me a little sad to feel this way since jessamyn is an enthusiast and I like her, but to me it scans as inexcusably twee (in the manner of "Hee!") and I die a little inside when I read it.
posted by Kwine at 9:54 PM on October 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


No. STFU and GBTW.
posted by electroboy at 10:33 PM on October 8, 2008


BBQ?
posted by liketitanic at 12:22 AM on October 9, 2008


Actually, I'm more concerned about FBT than any combination of FTW, WTF or FTFY.
posted by dg at 12:55 AM on October 9, 2008


MetaFilter FTW.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 1:12 AM on October 9, 2008


Metafwilter.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:26 AM on October 9, 2008


If there is one acronym that needs to disappear, it's LOL.

LULZ.
posted by elfgirl at 5:06 AM on October 9, 2008


fuck the what?
posted by sunshinesky at 5:36 AM on October 9, 2008


But then we'd also have to give up "teh", which I will fight to keep.
posted by Xere at 5:59 AM on October 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


LSMFT
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:52 AM on October 9, 2008


The OP must have known the thread would turn out this way. Plexi, FTW.
posted by no_moniker at 7:16 AM on October 9, 2008


I'm okay personally with giving up fighty [I got it from cortex]. Howabout some more short words that mean "Itching for a fight, pugnacious, &c"?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:22 AM on October 9, 2008


Toad Licking; Ducking Responsibility
posted by waraw at 7:27 AM on October 9, 2008


Can we get rid of @ replies, too? It's not Twitter in here, it ain't going to their inbox or anything.
posted by fixedgear at 7:36 AM on October 9, 2008


You should try "pugilisticacious," jessamyn.
posted by Mister_A at 7:53 AM on October 9, 2008


You can have my productive -y suffix when you pry it from my cold, corpsey hands.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:07 AM on October 9, 2008


jessamyn: belligerent, bellicose, combative, contentious, gladiatorial, militant, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent, warlike
posted by grouse at 8:33 AM on October 9, 2008


I will corpse you up, cortex. Corpse. You. Up.
posted by electroboy at 8:59 AM on October 9, 2008


Fie thou wastrel!
posted by klangklangston at 9:01 AM on October 9, 2008


Fighty FTW!
posted by languagehat at 9:02 AM on October 9, 2008


Lack Of Laughter
posted by Sys Rq at 9:28 AM on October 9, 2008


Man, this shit is corpse.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:29 AM on October 9, 2008


DOWN WITH TIGHTY WHITEY!

I can get behind that. *cough*
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:10 AM on October 9, 2008


Frankly Time Waisted.

Reading this thread was FTW.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 5:22 PM on October 9, 2008


Was the original definition of punchy more like fighty? I don't have an OED handy. Scrappy would work if Hanna-Barbera hadn't fucked it up.
posted by BrotherCaine at 6:20 PM on October 9, 2008


Can I paperclip a moratorium on the use of 'fail' also? It's just mean spirited.

BrotherCaine:

punchy, adj.3 (and n.)

Brit. /pn(t)i/, U.S. /pn(t)i/ [<>
1. Full of punch or impact; forceful, effective; vigorous.

1907 Oakland (Calif.) Tribune (Electronic text) 16 July (Sports section), Keeler and the short, punchy hitters use chunky bats, with the weight all over them. 1926 P. WHITEMAN & M. M. MCBRIDE Jazz ii. 41, I would direct a punchy number. 1937 Lit. Digest 4 Dec. 30/3 The English language may some day be as colorful and punchy as it was in Elizabethan times. 1995 Sunday Mail (Brisbane) 8 Jan. 85/4 Another punchy title is I spit on the West by Russian ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky. 2000 Lawyer (Nexis) 26 June 22 A punchy, pugnacious advocate, who is both forceful and combative in court.
2. slang (chiefly U.S.). Punch-drunk. Also in extended use: in a state of nervous tension or extreme fatigue. Also as n.: a punch-drunk person (rare).

1932 Oakland (Calif.) Tribune 24 Jan. D3/1, I had plenty of fights but am getting out before I get punchy. 1937 E. HEMINGWAY To have & have Not III. xiv. 201 Shut up, slappy... You've got the old rale... You punchies make me sick. 1943 Gen 16 Jan. 30/1 He lives in a dream-world..he is, as the boys put it, ‘punchy’. 1958 E. DUNDY Dud Avocado II. iii. 209, I am so punchy..that I don't know whether I'm coming or going. 1964 G. JOHNSTON Clean Straw for Nothing 41 Battered punchy pugilists. 1977 Tennis World Sept. 17/2 A player who breaks up on the court from nervousness is said to be ‘punchy’, ‘gone cuckoo’ or simply ‘gone’. 1978 Sat. Night (Toronto) Apr. 23/1 A stocky little guy who looked like a punchy boxer from the Main. 1994 Rolling Stone 16 June 50/1 Soundgarden always seem to do their best shows when they're exhausted and punchy.


I love me some OED web access.
posted by oxford blue at 5:39 AM on October 10, 2008


Thanks Oxford Blue.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:49 PM on October 10, 2008


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