FTW

So you may have noticed the new banner – thanks to Brandon who makes all this possible here at the ‘sphere. He just whipped this out for me (tee-hee) for his own entertainment. It won’t stay long so here’s a sample for later when I’ve changed again. But an interesting question was raised. What’s FTW […]

So you may have noticed the new banner – thanks to Brandon who makes all this possible here at the ‘sphere. He just whipped this out for me (tee-hee) for his own entertainment. It won’t stay long so here’s a sample for later when I’ve changed again.

Fist Clix

But an interesting question was raised. What’s FTW (Which you may not be able to see on a small or low-res monitor, but it’s on the fingers) mean?

I always thought it was obvious. It is, was, and always will be Fuck The World; known to bikers and punks everywhere, though the meaning of THAT could be debated. To me it means, fuck what everyone thinks, I’m doing it my way. It could just as well mean truly, fuck all of you people, nothing matters but me, or some variation. Personally i prefer the other meaning, and when I wear something with that on it, that’s how I take it.

But another meaning was pointed out to me that I’d never heard. And I don’t mean For The Win which is l33t-speak gamer nonsense, or Flip The Walrus which is pretty damned funny even though I think it was made up in a sort of discordian gesture; nor do I mean the silly “it means What The Fuck, only with extra confusion”. Because all that’s akin to changing Shit Happens to Good Happens, trying to nice up something without actually understanding it.

No, T’m talking about a racist meaning. And I’m not even going to type out what that is, so as not to get picked up on google searches for it. I’m not going to type the names of the assholes who might use such a phrase. But what I’m wondering is, who’s actually ever even heard such a usage? I sure as hell hadn’t, and had to go looking for it and wade through lots and lots and lots of pages saying For The Win before I could find a page that contained the racially-tinged meaning.

Not that I’d surrender the usage because some stupid bastards take it up; i mean, hell, there goes my scottish heritage and shaved head if i want to abandon something just cause those asswipes decide it’s an icon of pure whiteness. But i figured, a guy should know these things….

10 thoughts on “FTW”

  1. We all like to think we say – fuck the world – but no one really does because like it or not we have to live in the world, obey its laws, and deal with people on a somewhat respectable level so as not to be institutionalized where the dealing with white coated folk would be so much worse.

    Fuck the world? In dreams maybe.

  2. i gotta disagree with ya lil. I think we need to tell the universe – the world – the country; hell, all the way down to the people we live with fuck you and the fucking horse you rode in on once in a while. Those who don’t wind up turning it inside and fuck you pointed inward is a lot more destructive than an occasional gesture of contempt in the general direction of the entire universe.

    I don’t know that I’d tattoo FTW on my face, but I’d sure as hell wear it as jewelry.

  3. And I think, dn, that we can assume he ain’t no wh*t* P*w*r n*z*, right?

    (sory for the bug splats, i’m still trying to avoid getting googled on those words in connection with FTW)

  4. Okay the racist one has me baffled, I thought I’d heard them all.

    Could you email it to me?

    It has always been Fuck the World to me.

  5. I agree that we cannot give up cultural, personal, or really any aspect of ourselves to asswipes who think that one human subtype is better than another.

    Luckily, I have found that pretty much as a whole, that the tribe of kilted, tattooed, and pierced bald men tend to be really nice guys. From what I have seen in Oregon, the racist jerks tend to be unable to understand being kilted. So at least we still have that.

    It is sad that FTW has started to take that path towards racist slang. But eventually it will be forgotten as a racial slur, that is if the definition stays around.

  6. Whirly, it’s some variation on “forever truly (the color of milk)”, which is fucking lame. But what are ‘ya gonna do with those idiots, right?

    Makal, may i first share a moment of girlfriend envy? Give ‘er one for me, willya?

    As to your point – well, hell yeah, we’re only evil in a good way; but i gotta tell ya, there’s a huge wh*t* p*w*r contingent who are into the celtic thing in a big way; i’ve worked a lot of highland games selling kilts and there are always a few of those shitheads parading around in tartan and wh*t* p*w*r tattoos. We actually told one of those guy we didn’t want him walking around in a utilikilt shirt with those tattoos showing and he sorta sneered but didn’t give us much crap (which was wise, he was heavily outnumbered).

  7. Like Whirly, I had been puzzling over the racist overtones of FTW – nothing came to mind. But yeah, fucking lame is right. Are they afraid their skin tone is going to change overnight if they don’t remind themselves? They need to stay inside dark, dark rooms to preserve their precious color, otherwise the sun may make them darker than “wh*t*”. Which works for the rest of us, becasue then we don’t have to deal with the morons.

    I like to say, “Fuck them and all their fucking horses,” but that’s ’cause I’m lazy that way.

  8. …there’s a huge wh*t* p*w*r contingent who are into the celtic thing in a big way…

    Is there NOTHING that stupid people can’t ruin by association?

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