FTW Meaning

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What does FTW mean?

FTW means For The Win. It could also mean F*ck The World or Forever Two Wheels.

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FTW Meaning
Find out what FTW means and how it is used.

FTW is an initialism that stands for “For The Win”. It is often used by people to express enthusiasm or support for something.

It can also have alternative meanings, such as “F*ck The World” or “Forever Two Wheels”, the latter often being used by motorcycle riders.

Where is FTW used?

FTW is typically used online, usually on websites that allow users to chat with each other. It is also used in comments, forum posts and occasionally in text messages.

FTW is used on the follow platforms and places:

  • IRL
  • texting
  • online conversation
  • Discord
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
An example of the initialism FTW in a text message.
An example of the initialism FTW in a text message.

How is FTW used?

FTW is used to express enthusiasm, support or excitement for a particular outcome. For instance, someone may comment “cats FTW” on a video with the title “Top 10 Animals of All Time” as a way of saying that they think cats are the best.

Do people say FTW out loud?

Yes, but not very often.

Example Uses of FTW

On Facebook:

Someone sharing their opinion that baseball is the best sport ever.

On online conversation:
Pizza FTW!

Some people are discussing what kind of food to order and someone chimes in to express their support for pizza.

On YouTube:
OMG, so cute!!! Goats FTW!

Someone leaves a comment on a video of some cute goats.

On Twitch:

A message left in a Twitch chat after a streamer wins a round.

On Twitter:

Someone expressing their support for their favorite football club.

On Facebook:

Someone expressing their anger.

In a text message:
Did you see that guy's FTW tattoo? I bet that was his bike outside.

Someone notices a biker's tattoo.

Who uses FTW?

There does not appear to be any significant difference in terms of age of people who use the term “FTW”.

History of FTW

First Use

It is speculated that the term originated from contestants on the American game show Hollywood Squares who would say the phrase “for the win” when announcing their winning move.

FTW was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2005, and Google searches for the term have existed since at least 2004.

Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for FTW.
Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for FTW.

Rise in Popularity

According to Google Trends, searches for FTW began increasing steadily from 2005 until 2010, where they plateaued and have since been declining.

What was used before FTW?

We don’t know that anything was used before FTW. People may have just said “For The Win”.

Other Definitions of FTW

FTW can also mean:

  • F*ck The World
  • Forever Two Wheels

F*ck The World

FML is sometimes used to mean “f*ck the world”.

Forever Two Wheels

Motorcyclists and bikers may use FTW to mean “forever two wheels”.