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CTFU Acronym: Definition, Meaning, and How to Use It

By Elisha Baba


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You received a text with the letters CTFU, and you aren’t sure what it means. CTFU is an acronym often used in texting and online messaging.

What does CTFU mean?

“CTFU” is an acronym for the words “cracking the fuck up” and it is often used when the texter wants to convey that they are laughing hard or that they think something is hilarious.

CTFU is used to shorten text messages or tweets on the social media platform Twitter. It can also be spotted in social media videos or in the comments section on platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

meaning of ctfu

How to use CTFU

  • “She did WHAT? CTFU”
  • “You should have seen it I was CTFU.”
  • “Haha, no, seriously I’m CTFU.”
  • “You make me CTFU.”
  • CTFU can be used in any message where you would use LOL or ROFL as a response.

Using CTFU the right way

It is basically impossible to use CTFU the wrong way as long as you use it when you are laughing. It is, however, not appropriate for situations that may be sad or require you to give condolences.

CTFU Variations

There aren’t any direct variations of CTFU, but LMAO, LOL, and ROFL are related to the acronym.

LMAO means “laughing my ass off,” while LOL means “laughing out loud.” ROFL means “rolling on the floor laughing.” All these acronyms are completely interchangeable with CTFU and can be used for all of the same situations.

Should you worry about your child using CTFU?

CTFU isn’t necessarily bad for your child to be using, but it is an acronym that stands for an inappropriate word. If you don’t want your child using inappropriate language and you see them using CTFU, you may want to have a chat with them about using a more appropriate method of displaying humor.