The acronym ‘wtw’ asks a question that is commonly asked in other ways. Here we shall briefly explain what this term means, along with some information regarding its origin if known, and also some other different phrases that can be used interchangeably with this term depending on the context.
Another abbreviation on the block is WTW. According to Urban Dictionary it was coined in 2016, so you might not know about it yet. But if you do, then you can figure out what it stands for.
As with most abbreviated words covered by The Internet Dictionary (TID), there isn’t only one meaning. The good part is they all mean something good and can be used in similar contexts.
Here, we’ll go through the most common uses of cyber slang.
What’s the Word?
The first use of the slang is another style of saying ‘sup’ which is another way of saying “What’re you doing?”, “what’s happening?” or “what’ve you got there?”.
Instead of taking the word literally, the “phrase” refers to the current or near future plans someone has or what he/she is occupied with.
Like other forms of informal language, WTW is mostly spoken among friends or acquaintances.It is used to initiate conversation and is generally a good opening line used via text messages, social media platforms like YouTube, TikTok, Instagram or twitter, gaming chat forums or dating apps like Hinge or Tinder.
For instance, WTW or wtw can be used in the below examples:
- When WTW is the main subject of the conversation: ‘Heyy WTW! It’s so good to see you again!’ or ‘I hear you’re back from wherever you were last time we saw each other. Let’s get together soon.’
- Where WTW is utilized within a sentence: “I remember this photo. Awww, I miss you! (Wtw)”
- Where WTW is utilized generally in reference to making social plans: ‘So I heard you’re free this weekend, WTW?’ or ‘WTW tonight?’
- Where WTW is commonly used to check or probe an estimate of time of arrival (ETA), or a status update on someone or something: “Hey, how is it? What’s the word? WTW?“
What’s the Wave?
The second meaning is nearly identical to the first, except instead of saying “what’s the word”, we say “what’s the wave”. So rather than asking what’s the word, you ask what’s the wave.
In case you’re wondering whether “WTW” stands for “What Time Were You On?”, then yes, it does. But it also means something else entirely.
When people ask you “what wave were you on?” they mean “what time was your last drink?”. And when they say “wtw”, they mean “when was your last drink?”.
You may expect to hear the word version in slightly more mature, trendy, hip crowds because of the heavy use of “word’ in American rap culture.
On the other hand, the “wave” equivalent may be more commonly used among younger audiences because of its association to surfing.
What the What!
The third meaning is very odd: it involves the repeated use of the word “what”, used for dramatic effect as an alternative to a curse word.
Just as someone might exclaim “What the Heck?” or “What the F**k?”, they might also say ‘What the What?!’.
Similarly, it can be used as a question mark with the same dramatic effect. For example, “What?!” or “Are you kidding?”
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Origin of WTW
It has been suggested that the term was coined by someone who used it for the first time, but there is no evidence to support this claim.
Other Ways to Say “WTW”
There are many other alternatives for saying this phrase besides “this acronym.” For example, you could say something like:
- What’s up?
- What’s new?
- What’s happening?
- Hey, What’s up?
- How’s everything?
- How are things?
- What’s happening
- How’s it going?
- What’s a good word?
- What’s new?
- How are you?
Other Less Common Meanings:
Worth the Wait:
Somewhat self-explainable, something was definitely WTW!
Woman To Woman:
WTW advice or help, can also be used a hashtag on social media platforms like TikTok and Twitter, for specific women-to-women content #wtw.
Walk Through Walls:
Used in a very niche gaming environment.
Walk This Way:
In order to make the game easier to play, developers often create maps that are easy to navigate without having to read directions.