FTW spreads to Japan business signs?

October 10, 2008 · Print This Article

The acronym FTW has been used increasingly in the past few years first among gamers and online geeks, but it has started to filter into more common every day spoken conversations as well.  For example, I hear John Noe of Pottercast using it sometimes.  So as I was walking down a small, off the path street in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan, I noticed that a small business’ storefront sign had a “For the win!’ slogan.

urban DICTIONARY gives several definitions for FTW.  I was surprised to find out that the true origin of the phrase (not the acronym) was from the old game show Hollywood Squares!  Now that I learned that though, I seem to be able to remember hearing the host saying it.  

I wonder just how widespread FTW is getting in the offline world?  Or even the online world?  Has anyone heard their mom start using the acronym or full phrase in either e-mail or conversation?


8 Responses to “FTW spreads to Japan business signs?”

  1. on October 10th, 2008 11:54 AM

    FTW spreads to Japan business signs? …

    Jason snapped a shot of a business sign that prompted this post. He reminds us that while FTW has become a gamer thing (use it myself a LOT as my alter-egos in MMOs lol) it originally came from a US game show. Anyone want to guess before they click thr…

  2. on October 10th, 2008 12:36 PM

    FTW? WTF is that?

    Never heard of it.


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Might be a generational thing Curt 😉


  3. on October 10th, 2008 4:32 PM

    MJ… isn’t that like Michael Jackson? ^^


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Interesting observation! Maybe they are big fans of him?


  4. on October 11th, 2008 10:30 AM

    Michael Jordan – of course.

    Generational? Hmmm – that and a general lack of interest in mainstream media & entertainment.


    Jason Collin Reply:

    FTW is still not mainstream at all, that’s why almost no one knows what it means outside the gamer community.


  5. on October 15th, 2008 2:55 AM

    It commonly stands for “For the Win”. It is an expression of enthusiasm.


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