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  1. (military slang, Internet slang, text messaging) Initialism of what the fuck.
    • 1985, Dick Dunn, “China Cat lyrics – explanations?”, in, Usenet:
      I've READ them; I know what all the words are. I still say, "WTF, over?" Someone's playing with our heads on this one, but what's all the word stew?
    • 1994, Marat Fayzullin, “Re: MMM”, in, Usenet:
      Now, please, explain WTF did you mean by this text?
    • 2005, “defect violation” (username), “Re: WTF!!”, in, Usenet:
      WTF are you on about? We played some very good football for most of the match, []
  2. (rare) Where the fuck, why the fuck, when the fuck, or who the fuck.

Usage notesEdit

  • (what the fuck): WTF, like the full expression what the fuck, may be used either to introduce a question:
    WTF are you talking about?
    or as an interjection:
    WTF! That's a load of bull!
  • (what the fuck): WTF is sometimes spelled or written out in the NATO phonetic alphabet: whiskey tango foxtrot.
  • (what the fuck): WTF is not usually considered as offensive as the full expression what the fuck.

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  1. (sports, taekwondo) 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 []