The Brief: WTF stands for "What the f**k?"


WTF stands for “What the f**k?” It is an acronym used primarily in texting or instant messaging, though much like LOL and ROTFL millennials and Gen Zers have been known to say the letters aloud. Rather than exclaim, “What the f**k?!” one might say, “WTF?!” or even “What the Eff?”

Sometimes, WTF is used to express anger or outrage (often followed with a question mark or exclamation point):

WTF can also be used as to indicate excitement or surprise:

In any case, WTF is best expressed in all capital letters for full effect.