FTW is not something you see frequently on Facebook, but it shows up every so often. It means “For the Win” and it is roughly equivalent to clicking Like. Not that that makes a lot of sense, but a lot of Internet abbreviations don’t. Linguist John McWhorter has suggested that LOL has long since lost its original meaning of “laughing out loud” and is now more of a generic exclamation.

As to where FTW originated, language lady Marina tells us it came from that classic television game show Hollywood Squares, along with an Internet fantasy adventure game. I noticed that this video is five years old, but I only recall encountering FTW within the last year or so. In any case, I’ll let Marina explain.

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