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

By Elisha Baba


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You’re watching an Instagram video and you see a comment with the letters FTW, but you aren’t sure what it means. FTW is an acronym often used in texting and on social media.

What does FTW mean?

“FTW” is an acronym for the words “for the win” and it is often used when the texter or commenter wants to show they are in support of something, whether that be a cause or an opinion.

FTW is used to shorten text messages, or tweets on the social media platform Twitter. It has become quite popular, however, so you may hear people speaking the letters FTW in social settings.

What does FTW mean?

How to use FTW

  • “Yas queen FTW!”
  • “Do it FTW!”
  • “I love _________ FTW!”
  • “FTW! The Beatles are truly the best!”
  • FTW can be used anytime someone wants to convey they are excited or proud of something or someone.

Using FTW the right way

FTW can be a little tricky to use, as it doesn’t often come up in conversation and is more of a slang term. For best results, FTW should only be used as a positive sentiment in reply to something you think is great.

FTW Variations

FTW doesn’t have many variations, but in some specific fandoms, FTW stands for “for the worthy” and is a secret setting in the game that makes it harder. FTW is used to show that only the worthy can compete at that level of the game. The most common game where this is the case is Terraria.

Should you worry about your child using FTW?

FTW is a mostly appropriate and harmless texting term, and you shouldn’t worry if you see your child using it. There are many inappropriate acronyms, however, so if you see your child using FTW, it might be a good time to discuss appropriate versus inappropriate texting acronyms with them.

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