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FTW is an internet acronym meaning "For The Win".


Usage

FTW is used to punctuate an especially awesome suggestion, thought, or pop culture reference.

Dragon Warrior III, FTW!
Date rape, FTW.
david hasselhoff, ftw


Etymology

FTW mostly likely originates from the popular American game show Hollywood Squares. Hollywood Squares is a Tic-Tac-Toe variant where two contestants take turns answering questions with the help of C-List celebrities. The active contestant picks one of nine celebrities on the Tic-Tac-Toe board to answer a question, then must decide if the celebrity's answer is correct. If the player is right, they get the square. The first player to get three squares in a line wins. A player who is going for their third square in the line is announced as trying the square "for the win". A player who is attemping to thwart such an effort is announced as trying the square "for the block". Stalemates are not allowed on Hollywood Squares. If a three-in-a-row wins becomes impossible, the first player to take five squares wins.

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