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What Does NSFW Mean?

NSFW means "Not Safe For Work."

The abbreviation NSFW is typically sent in the title of a message to let the recipient know that the email should not be opened in an environment where it could be viewed by colleagues.

Messages that are NSFW typically contain adult humor or pornographic images. For example:
  • Ali: Send me the pictures you took last night.
  • Sam: They're on the way. Be careful with them. I've put NSFW in the title.

Summary of Key Points

"Not Safe for Work" is the most common definition for NSFW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
NSFW
Definition:Not Safe for Work
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write NSFW, I mean this:

meaning of NSFW
The image shows a man being berated by his boss for opening a file that was NSFW.

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An Academic Look at NSFW

NSFW is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., En Ess Eff Dublyu), but as this is harder to say than "not safe for work," it is not said using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation NSFW is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. (Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

NSFW is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence, the full meaning of which is "This is not safe for work." Occasionally, it is used as a subject complement. For example:
  • This link is NSFW.
  • (Here, This link is the subject, is is the linking verb, and NSFW is the subject complement.)

Example of NSFW Used in a Text

NSFW

See Also

Ways to Say I Love You Text-Speak using Numbers NSFA (not safe for anyone) NSFL (not safe for life) NSFV (not safe for viewing) NWS (no worries, not work safe) SFW (safe for work)