What Does DNFTT Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

DNFTT means "Do Not Feed The Troll."

More Observations...

It is an abbreviation used to warn contributors to online forums, chatrooms, newsgroups, or blogs not to respond to comments posted by a user who is only posting to upset people or start arguments, usually by posting inflammatory or off-topic messages or comments. DNFTT is issued as a warning to ignore that user. Of note, the abbreviation DNFTT can also be written as "DFTT", which means "Don't Feed The Troll."

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When I write DNFTT, I mean this:

meaning of DNFTT

"Do Not Feed The Troll"

Summary of Key Points

"Do Not Feed the Troll" is, by far, the most common meaning for DNFTT when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Do Not Feed the Troll
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of DNFTT in Sentences

Here are examples of DNFTT in conversations:
  • Troll: This forum is stupid. You are a bunch of morons.
  • User: Troll alert!! DNFTT
  • Troll: Cyclists are a dangerous menace and should pay road tax, like car users.
  • User: There is no such thing as road tax in the UK. DNFTT.

An Academic Look at DNFTT

DNFTT is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Enn Eff Tee Tee). The abbreviation DNFTT is not normally used in direct speech; it is used for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. The abbreviation DNFTT is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "Do not feed the troll." DNFTT is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we did not have to worry about trolls, other than in Norse fables. Therefore, we never used to say anything instead of DNFTT.

Example of DNFTT Used in a Text

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