What Does GTF Mean – Some You Might Know, Some You Might Not

A riot is the language of the unheard.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

What does GTF mean? Well, it can mean a lot of things depending on what situation you find yourself coming across the acronym GTF.

Most commonly in text slang words GTF means Get The F***, or more politely Get The Fudge. That by itself doesn’t sound like it makes a lot of sense. But folks who use a lot of internet texting slang are generally lazy. Knowing this GTF is generally a shortened version of GTFO which means Get The F*** Out or Get The Fudge Out.

Now it starts to make sense. Anyway, that is the most common meaning for the acronym GTF in the internet and online usage where you might come across it in online forums and chat groups.

But there are a ton of other meanings for GTF which I found quite interesting when researching this topic.

GTF can also mean Graphic Thought Facility. Graphic Thought Facility is a London UK based design consultancy agency.

GTF for those martial artists amongst us might mean the Global Tae-Kwon-Do Federation.

Many of you living in Montana will recognize GTF as the International Airport Code for the Great Falls Montana Airport.

GTF can also mean such diverse things as a Gay Teen Forum, Good Times and Friends (gaming community), Graffiti Task Force in many municipalities, Galactic Trade Federation – for you Star Wars fans out there, Gang Task Force in many police departments, a Gaussian-Type wave Function or a Geared Turbo Fan in various aircraft engines.

GTF is also the Nasdaq ticker symbol for the penny stock biotechnology company Cytomedix.

I’d like to end this short post on the meaning of GTF with a brief discussion on the use of acronyms. Most niches, specialities make great use of acronyms in their specific fields. We’ve seen the online community make use of the acronym GTF as well as the aircraft industry and others.

Acronyms are helpful when you’re talking to like minded and knowledgeable folks within your field of expertise. But they fall short when we try to use them in explaining ideas to the layperson or the community at large. I think we should do well to remember that. Just because an acronym is well used and known within your own niche group does not mean that it will be easily understood by others outside that group.

Language and writing is used to help clarify and communicate so that we might understand one another. Using acronyms although it might save some time could also easily lead to confusion and misunderstandings that end up taking more time to undo and mitigate.

Language should be simplified so that truth, accuracy and understanding are most easily shared. Acronyms are not always the best approach to that goal.