WTF

In this morning’s e-mail, an ad for CafePress offerings, including this t-shirt:

(Shown here in cardinal, one of the nine colors available; cardinal is, after all, Stanford’s school color. By the way, there’s nothing on the back of the shirt.)

For Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, see Mark Liberman’s “Annals of Bowdlerization: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”, here. The expression is military code for WTF, which is an initialistic avoidance of exclamatory what the fuck (or another WH the fuck expression — see Ben Zimmer on the inherent ambiguity of WTF, here).

 

One Response to “WTF”

  1. Check your iPho « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] quirky t-shirts. No problem, I told him, I’m into t-shirts (see Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, here), and I’m sure these will be available […]

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