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What Does TFW Mean? 

By Elisha Baba


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You’re texting a relative when they use the acronym TFW, and you aren’t sure what they mean by it. TFW is an acronym commonly used in online videos on platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

What Does TFW Mean? 

What does TFW mean?

TFW is an acronym for the words “that feeling when” or “that face when,” and it is usually used when someone is making a video that features a distinctive facial expression or emotion. For example, if a video pictures a happy dance, someone may post “TFW, you win” in the comments.

TFW is mostly used in videos, but it can also be used in texting, but it almost always accompanies something visual, such as a picture or GIF.

How to use TFW

  • “TFW your crush likes your post.”
  • “TFW your team wins.”
  • “TFW you get the job you always wanted.”
  • “TFW, you finish school for the year.”
  • “TFW you get to your door but realize you forgot your keys.”
  • TFW is almost always used with an image or video, but it can be used without as long as there is a sentence following it.

Using TFW the right way

TFW is a more difficult acronym to use, as it must accompany a visual or a sentence. It is almost always used at the beginning of the sentence and can’t be used on its own. If you aren’t sure how to use TFW properly, it is better to skip using it until you are sure you are using it the right way.

TFW Variations

There are currently no known variations of TFW.

Should you worry about your child using TFW?

TFW is considered a harmless acronym, and you probably don’t have to worry about your child using it. It might be a good idea, however, to ensure your child is discussing appropriate topics online when using the TFW acronym.