What FTFY Means And How To Use It Properly

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Navigating the internet is never easy when new slang appears seemingly overnight.

If the acronym FTFY has left you staring blankly at someone's comment on one of your posts or in reply to your emails, keep reading to become officially unstumped.

What does FTFY mean?

FTFY is an acronym for “fixed that for you,” so it’s no surprise that it frequently appears in today's snarky online atmosphere.

For some, FTFY is a sarcastic response to spelling errors and grammatical mishaps. Ironic as it may be to use a slang abbreviation when poking fun at someone’s weak grasp on grammar, lots of people view FTFY as a serious insult.

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It’s not all bad, though.

FTFY could also be a quick way of letting your coworkers know that you’ve completed a task or rectified an issue without having to take on the laborious burden of actually typing out four whole words.

It’s the 21st Century, people. Proper grammar is out. Speed and efficiency are in.

The Origin Of FTFY

While the exact origins of FTFY remain unknown, the acronym was first defined on Urban Dictionary in April of 2005 by a user named princess_fitz. The example given at the time was, perhaps surprisingly in retrospect, not at all sarcastic.

"i can't see the image?"

-"iis ok, i FTFY"

The use of FTFY in this sincere form continued for a time on tech forums like Computer Hope which relied on formatting tags to embed images into posts or profile customization on websites like MySpace for a time.

But, as happens with many memes and phrases that come to bear unfortunate consequences for office etiquette and friendly relations do, FTFY soon gained popularity through use on the popular Reddit.

The board known as r/FTFY, established on August 12, 2009.

It has since grown to be used more often as a way to point out when someone has made a mistake so obvious or ridiculous that someone else had to jump in and fix it for them.

People now love throwing this phrase in the mix as a sarcastic way to make sure it's known they've won an argument especially on social media sites and apps like Twitter.

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How to Use FTFY in Text Messages and on Social Media

So, how do we put FTFY in a sentence? My knee-jerk reaction is to say “don’t.” But provided we’re not being too harsh towards others, this sardonic response can actually be quite funny.

We all have to learn to take a joke sometimes, but given that this term is widely accepted as sarcasm, make sure your coworkers know you’re not trying to come across as rude or patronizing should you decide to hit them with an FTFY message. It might be safer just to use your words!

Here are some examples of ways someone might use FTFY:

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1. You can use FTFY when something needed a second look.

Them: “Hey, did you get a chance to look at that document I sent you?”

You: “Yes, it was full of errors. FTFY.”

2. You should use FTFY without sugarcoating it.

Them “We should go out tonight, party, and be carefree!”

You: “You mean we should go out tonight, make terrible life choices, and regret it later. FTFY.”

3. You can use FTFY when you proving that the second time is the charm.

Them: “Hey, that file you sent me won’t load.”

You: “Oops, sorry. I’ll FTFY and send it again.”

4. You can use FTFY when letting someone know you caught their social error before they did.

Them: "Hey, could you add the employees that missed the google invite I sent out yesterday?"

You: "Already sent it to them. FTFY."

5. FTFY can come in handy when correcting someone's grammar on Twitter.

Them: "Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out at a summer camp started by the late actor Paul Newman for seriously ill children and their families."

You: "Authorities at a summer camp established by the late actor Paul Newman for seriously ill children and their families are investigating a fire. #FTFY"

6. Use FTFY to stand up for yourself when your ex texts you out of the blue.

Them: "I'm dating someone better than you."

You: "Better her than me. FTFY."

7. You can use FTFY to make your opening and closing arguments at once.

Them: "Seinfeld is the best sitcom."

You: "I love Lucy is the best sitcom. FTFY."

To sum it up, the prime formula for using FTFY is to keep It simple.

You quote someone, change a word or a few and then add FTFY at the end.

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Alice Kelly is a writer with a passion for lifestyle, entertainment, and trending topics.