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CTFU Meaning: What Does CTFU Mean and When to Use It?

Thanks to technology and the Internet, texting has become our main means of communication, with abbreviations, slang, and emojis taking center stage.

Of course, there is a time and place where abbreviations and jargon are permitted, and we will show you exactly how you can use it efficiently, starting off with CTFU.

What does CTFU mean

What does CTFU mean?

CTFU is Internet slang for Cracking the f*** up, and it is most commonly used on social networking websites when talking to friends and people with whom you don’t have any professional relationship with.

It is commonly used to express one’s amusement, similar to how you would use ROFL, LOL, or ROFLMAO.

However, using it is quite limited from a social standpoint, given how the F in CTFU is an acronym for profanity.

CTFU meaning

When can I use CTFU?

As mentioned earlier, CTFU is mostly used as a form of Internet slang on either social media platforms or public forums.

However, keep in mind that unlike LOL, ROFL or ROFLMAO, CTFU isn’t as well-known, so you risk being misunderstood if you use it with the wrong people.

More so, since CTFU shows that you found something (such as a comment or a picture) to be very amusing, don’t use it too often, otherwise you risk losing credibility.

Lastly, keep in mind that CTFU can be used as a standalone response, or it can be accompanied by additional comments. Either way, the same overall message will be delivered.

Here’s an example when to use CTFU:

Person 1: Take a look at this funny cat video!

Person 2: CTFU, I can’t believe it!

When shouldn’t I use CTFU?

CTFU should never be used during formal conversations, such as with employers, clients, or your peers with whom you don’t desire other than a professional relationship.

Additionally, because the abbreviation contains profanity, it shouldn’t be used when talking to people you respect, such as your parents, grandparents, or the elderly.

As an added tip, try to refrain from using CTFU when you don’t actually find something to be all that amusing, as an LOL or a laughing emoji will suffice.

Here’s an example of when NOT to use CTFU:

Client: I think we should pay your firm only $1000 of the $2000 promised.

You: CTFU!


In order to wrap things up, here’s everything you need to know about CTFU:

  • Avoid using it in work environments
  • It should mostly be used in text form
  • It expresses an extremely high level of amusement
  • Avoid using it with people with whom you would never use profanity
  • Try not to overuse it unless what you are responding to is actually funny

We hope that this article made it clear when you should or shouldn’t use CTFU in a conversation, and that it helped you better understand the language of today.

If you want to learn more about how to properly use Internet slang, or how to avoid accidentally using it at the wrong time, leave us your suggestions in the comments section below.

We will update the articles accordingly, and write new guides covering other common slang words.

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