TFTI Meaning

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What does TFTI mean?

TFTI means thanks for the invite.

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Find out what TFTI means and how it is used.

There’s a good change you’ve received a text or a message on some social network saying TFTI. Perhaps you’ve seen someone leave a comment saying TFTI on an Instagram or Facebook post. But what does it mean? How do you use it?

TFTI is an initialism that stands for thanks for the invite. It is often used sarcastically by people who are upset that they weren’t invited to somewhere by someone, but it can genuinely be used to thank someone for an invitation.

Where is TFTI used?

The initialism is often used in two places: in private messages or in public comments sections.

TFTI is used on the follow platforms and places:

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

How is TFTI used?

There are two primary ways to use TFTI: literally and sarcastically.

Literal Use of TFTI

If someone goes to the effort of inviting you somewhere, thanking them is a good thing to do regardless of whether or not you intend to accept the invitation. Simply responding “TFTI” can suffice.

Sarcastic Use of TFTI

Imagine you see a photo on Instagram of your friend at some event you wanted to go to. You might feel compelled to leave a comment saying “Thanks for inviting me! I would have loved to go.”, but you could instead say “TFTI”, which is a sarcastic, somewhat passive aggressive and much more immature way of saying the same thing!

Do people say TFTI out loud?

No; they simply say “thanks for the invite”.

Example Uses of TFTI

On Instagram:
TFTI dude...

Tim thought he would be invited to a basketball game. Tim sees an Instagram post of Jim at this game. Tim feels disappointed that Jim didn't invite him. Time leaves this lame comment on Jim's post.

On Instagram:
Where is this? Also TFTI!

A sarcastic Instagram comment left by someone on a friend's post of some cool new place they visited.

In a text message:
TFTI man. I definitely wouldn't have had any interest in going!

A sarcastic text message sent to a friend who didn't invite them to some place.

In a text message:
TFTI! I had a lot of fun!

A genuine message sent to someone who invited them to their party.

In a text message:
TFTI but unfortunately I cannot make it.

A genuine response to an invitation to an event.

Who uses TFTI?

TFTI tends to be used by younger people who grew up using initialisms and acronyms in online chats with their friends. This means that users of the initialism tend to be younger.

History of TFTI

First Use

We don’t when exactly TFTI was first used, but it was first posted to Urban Dictionary in 2010. There are no results for the term on Google prior to 2009, so it was probably coined sometime during 2009.

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

Rise in Popularity

According to Google Trends, searches for the initialism increased dramatically in 2013 and peaked in 2014.

What was used before TFTI?

Nothing; people just said “thanks for the invite”.

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