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It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
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Initialism

WTF or wtf

  1. (vulgar military and Internet slang) what the fuck, where the fuck, why the fuck, when the fuck or who the fuck.
    • 1985 Dick Dunn net.music.gdead China Cat lyrics - explanations?
      I know what all the words are. I still say, "WTF, over?"[1]
    • 1994 Marat Fayzullin relcom.talk MMM [2]
      Now, please, explain WTF did you mean by this text?
    • 2005 defect violation uk.sport.football.clubs.liverpool WTF!! [3]
      WTF are you on about? We played some very good football for most of the match...
  2. World Taekwondo Federation
    • 1998 The complete Idiot's guide to Taekwondo
      Likewise the WTF says they are the official Tae Kwon Do organization because...
    • 2003 Taekwondo: A Step-By-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense
      The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognizes WTF at its 83rd ...
    • 2005 Official Taekwondo Training Manual
      The Secretariat of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is located in Seoul, South Korea, in a beautiful edifice ...


Usage notes

WTF may be used to introduce a question, as in "WTF are you talking about?" or as an interjection "WTF! That's a load of bull!" Sometimes substituted with "whiskey tango foxtrot". Also may be used in context as "WTF ever" instead of saying whatever.

Not usually considered as offensive as the full form of the phrase.

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  • Notes:
  1. ^ Google groups archive
  2. ^ Google Groups Archive
  3. ^ Google groups archive

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