My idiosyncrasies. Let me show you them:

[A] couple months ago, there was a commercial playing on the radio about a local store and they actually used “WTF” and a bunch of other abbreviations. The acronym, not the actual words. And I was somewhat taken aback because I had thought it was mostly a written/internet phenomenon. (I have read somewhere else that some people have started inserting in their everyday conversations lolcat-speak — so maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised.)

This is what happens when irony (pace Alanis Morissette) just isn’t ironic enough anymore.

Still, “WTF” takes five whole syllables to say what the phrase it represents says in three. Isn’t that ironic?

Addenda: (1) North Carolina issues WTF series plates; (2) WYSIWTF (hat tip: Mel).


  1. Jeffro »

    15 June 2008 · 9:39 pm


  2. GradualDazzle »

    15 June 2008 · 11:11 pm

    It may be ironic and inefficient, but saying Double-U Tee Eff doesn’t get me fired. Saying what it stands for DOES.

  3. david »

    16 June 2008 · 6:48 am

    I used to get ticked off watching “ER” back in the 90s — when they wheeled in a patient and called out “GSW to the chest!” As you noted – five syllables to speak, when “gunshot wound” is only three. Even “bullet to the chest” would be faster.

  4. McGehee »

    16 June 2008 · 8:23 am

    saying Double-U Tee Eff doesn’t get me fired.

    I’ll bet saying “what the frack” wouldn’t either.

  5. Dan B »

    16 June 2008 · 11:16 am

    I’ll bet saying “what the frack” wouldn’t either.

    … unless the boss mis-hears it.

  6. Tam »

    16 June 2008 · 5:18 pm

    I first heard “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?” on a cop radio back when cell phones were the size of cinder blocks and bolted down to your car and text messaging hadn’t even been thought of and Tim Berners-Lee didn’t even know what dublya-dublya-dublya stood for.

  7. McGehee »

    16 June 2008 · 6:26 pm

    … unless the boss mis-hears it.

    Then the runover-rich needs to get a fracking hearing aid.

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