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WTF? NC Offers to Replace 10,000 License Plates 467

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from the what-if-I'm-offended-by-prudery? dept.
beadfulthings writes "In light of recent discussions about the Internet habits of the older generation, it's comforting to know that in North Carolina, up to 10,000 license plates containing the potentially offensive 3-letter WTF combination will be replaced by the Motor Vehicles division at no cost — if the owner of the vehicle finds the plates offensive. As reported on Winston-Salem's television station WXII, the MVD was alerted to the problem by an irate 60-year-old technology teacher who'd been clued in by her grandchildren. The article includes a helpful slide show of twenty Internet acronyms every parent should know. The article doesn't include any information on how you could actually apply for a WTF license plate."
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  • by dreamchaser (49529) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:19PM (#23960199) Homepage Journal

    They are going to use taxpayer dollars for this? If I lived in NC *I* would be the one shouting 'WTF?' for real!

    • Way To Fail (Score:3, Funny)

      by atari2600 (545988)

      Here are a lot of non-offensive explanations:

      1. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
      2. Wednesday Thursday Friday
      3. Wow Text File
      4. Write To File
      5. Welcome To France (lolcats)
      6. We The French
      7. Work Time Fun

      More unique stuff here [thefreedictionary.com]

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by maxume (22995)

        Welcome To France and We The French are patently offensive.

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          While That Feels
          Wery Tantalizing, Friend,
          We Think Few
          Weasonable Testers Found
          Whacking The French
          Was Too Fruitful.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by lena_10326 (1100441)
        I have some additions.

        8. Whip The French
        8. We Thump French

        10. Wussies! The French.
        11. What Text File?
        12. Wild Tattoo Fun
        13. Why The Face?
        14. Why The Frown?
        15. What The Fork()
        16. Washing The Ford
        17. Waving To Fergie
        18. Wanting That Female
        19. Willing To Fornicate

        • by Samah (729132) on Friday June 27, 2008 @01:54AM (#23963235)
          >Washing The Ford
          Is that what they call it these days?
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          What's all that obsession with the French?

          Is it because they are too small to bite us back?
          Free to have their own thoughts and culture, different from ours?

          It's easy to pick on your little brother, more difficult to do the same on a real bully.

          Maybe that's why we like to kid the French, while the Chinese scare us...

          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by Skynyrd (25155)

            What's all that obsession with the French?

            Is it because they are too small to bite us back?
            Free to have their own thoughts and culture, different from ours?

            It's easy to pick on your little brother, more difficult to do the same on a real bully.

            Maybe that's why we like to kid the French, while the Chinese scare us...

            I pick on them because when I traveled in Europe they were dicks. I spent 9 months going all around Europe, being the best visitor I could be. I traveled through GB, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, East Germany and France. In all those places, except France, I was treated well, with a few exceptions. In France, I was treated rudely and poorly, with a few exceptions.

            I treated the French, and everybody else, with respect. The French were rude enough to not return my respect.

        • Re:Way To Fail (Score:4, Informative)

          by blackjackshellac (849713) on Friday June 27, 2008 @07:49AM (#23965245)

          You are aware that the French are partially responsible for the American Revolutionary War victory George Washington scored over the British, right?

          Americans really should learn more history, even their own would help them to navigate the currents of this world's events.

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by j-pimp (177072)

            You are aware that the French are partially responsible for the American Revolutionary War victory George Washington scored over the British, right?

            Americans really should learn more history, even their own would help them to navigate the currents of this world's events.

            We had a common enemy at the time. Lets be honest we like the British as long as they don't tell us what to do. Hence why we basically made nice nice after the war of 1812

        • by SkyDude (919251) on Friday June 27, 2008 @08:14AM (#23965457)
          Well That's Fine with me
        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by niktemadur (793971)

          Willy burrowing speckle-Throated Five-toed yak.

      • Re:Way To Fail (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Vreejack (68778) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @10:04PM (#23961385)

        Internet jargon? A friend got in a little trouble for writing "WTF?" on a student's essay back in '84. He explained that it stood for "What's this for?" But the acronym probably dates back at least to WW2.

        • Re:Way To Fail (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Hojima (1228978) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @11:40PM (#23962177)

          Which leads to the question, why are bad words so damn bad? I never understood how adults can look down on children crying because they got called a doodoo head, only to throw an unquestioned punch at whoever tells them 'fuck you'. What's the best way to stop this childishness? Quit beating you kids when they curse. I think strict child abuse laws is the reason why swearing is becoming more acceptable. In the mean time we have to deal with anyone that went through this to hold a greater grudge against a politician that swears as opposed to a politician that is blatantly corrupt. Try saying fuck on a campaign trail and see how well that goes. That kind of childishness pisses me off.

          • Re:Way To Fail (Score:4, Insightful)

            by cayenne8 (626475) on Friday June 27, 2008 @12:06AM (#23962443) Homepage Journal
            "I never understood how adults can look down on children crying because they got called a doodoo head, only to throw an unquestioned punch at whoever tells them 'fuck you'. What's the best way to stop this childishness? Quit beating you kids when they curse. I think strict child abuse laws is the reason why swearing is becoming more acceptable. In the mean time we have to deal with anyone that went through this to hold a greater grudge against a politician that swears as opposed to a politician that is blatantly corrupt. Try saying fuck on a campaign trail and see how well that goes."

            Sounds like we need the 7 words you can't say on TV even more than ever.....RIP George Carlin

          • Re:Way To Fail (Score:4, Interesting)

            by glittalogik (837604) on Friday June 27, 2008 @01:32AM (#23963077)

            That is one of the things I love in Kurt Vonnegut's The Big Space Fuck [pierretristam.com]:

            ...so even the President was saying shit and fuck and so on, without anybody's feeling threatened or taking offense. It was perfectly OK. He called the Space Fuck a Space Fuck and so did everybody else...

            On the other hand Bush has been making inroads [typepad.com] in that direction...

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            If you start allowing kids to curse left, right and centre then the words entirely lose their appeal. What are you going to do when telling someone to go f*** themselves loses all its impact because everyone's shoving the word in every sentence they say? Your precious swear words start to look pretty useless then, don't they? The best thing you can do is maintain the status quo, try (and fail) to stop kids from swearing like we always have, and keep all the best words for ourselves. Fuckwad.
          • While the word itself is no worse than any other word, I think it's the conveyed hostility that gets people's panties in a knot.

            A word is just a word, and conveys no more and no less meaning that is assigned to it. That one word is obscene or offensive and another isn't, is, well, just because we needed to designate some words as offensive or obscene. Because essentially we needed to communicate just that message.

            Even if you designed a language without swearwords, people will invent their own. See how peopl

    • by ChromeAeonium (1026952) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:28PM (#23960325)
      What I'd like to know is how you can be offended by a random three letters, even if they happen to have relatively recently gained a meaning. The key here word is random. They are not offensive unless one chooses to make them so. IMHO, folks should stop being so thin skinned.
    • by Gyga (873992)
      I do live in NC, and I am not surprised, amazing that they didn't also include, "OMG" and others. NC has wasted more money than this will waste. But yes I have added it to the list of things that have been done to piss me off.
    • by vux984 (928602) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:33PM (#23960373)

      They are offering to exchange them to any owner who is offended, they aren't recalling them.

      In the big scheme of things, I think this will be like hot coffee... where only a tiny tiny fraction ever come forward and get an exchange.

      Lots of 3 letter combos aren't issued, wtf got added to the list, and anyone who currently has it can have it exchanged without having to pay the usual fees for new plates.

      This is a non-issue.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by jellomizer (103300)

      In New York there are plates that start with BBW it doesn't mean driving the car is a Fat Chick.

  • by Gewalt (1200451) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:21PM (#23960239)
    I'd like to buy one. Will they ship out of state?
  • ...will say LOL, and I'll be following right behind WTF.

  • by HycoWhit (833923) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:22PM (#23960255)
    Living in North Carolina, I can only hope only a handful of people will turn in their plates. But the real story should be the clueless educator. Hell, I'm not to far off from 60 and knew about WTF. Here is the funny/sad part--part of the North Carolina curriculum from the NC Dept of Public Instruction is to teach emoticons and abreviations in computer class. I was floored when I saw it being taught in the classroom. The LOL part came when I saw the test the kids are given on the subject matter...
    • by topham (32406) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:27PM (#23960313) Homepage

      They do this because they know it's the only way they can communicate with the rest of the world.
      What else are you supposed to do when stringing more than 3 letters together is a challenge?

      • by schon (31600)

        they know it's the only way they can communicate with the rest of the world.
        What else are you supposed to do when stringing more than 3 letters together is a challenge?
        Thank you.

        This is the first rational explanation I've ever heard for people who don't know how to spell the word "than".

    • by NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:29PM (#23960339)

      ... part of the North Carolina curriculum from the NC Dept of Public Instruction is to teach emoticons and abreviations in computer class.
      Wow, is that what a technology teacher does? I'm working too hard...I should quit all this math/computer science book larnin' and go be a technology teacher back home in NC...
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by merreborn (853723)

      I know a ex-yahoo employee who liked wearing this shirt [counteragent.com] around the office. It has a bunch of 'net acronyms on it -- "omg wtf stfu pwn4d uran00b lmaorotf kthxbye:p" -- in the format of an eye chart.

      Sadly, apparently many of his fellow yahoos recognized few, if any of the acronyms. You'd hope these guys would be a little more in touch with the people who use their products...

      Suffice it to say, I'm willing to cut this teacher a little slack. Most people in the US don't speak our language. Even those in the

  • POS (Score:3, Interesting)

    by d34thm0nk3y (653414) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:25PM (#23960295)
    Heh, the first acronym in the list of 20 is POS. Supposedly meaning "Parents over shoulder."

    Don't tell anyone it actually means "Piece of Shit." NC is running out of possible 3 letter combinations!
    • by Gewalt (1200451)
      That was the MOST USELESS list of internet acronyms I have ever seen.
    • Of those 20 acronyms, I've heard maybe 3 of them (plus or minus). I think the rest were pretty much unknown to 99.999999999999999999% of the population. Maybe I'm out of touch with teenagers, but I've simply never seen them and I've done a hell of a lot of internet chat from 1993 to 2008.

      Whatever happened to the ones in standard usage? Such as: brb, bbiab, bbl, afk, afaik, lol, rotflmao, ttl, ty, yw, oth, imo, 143, bff, ruok, oic, irl, l33t, etc. Stuff like that.

  • by Kinky Bass Junk (880011) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:25PM (#23960297)
    I just want this one: WTF-101
  • I just read through the list of "20 Internet Acronyms All Parents Should Know".....only two I've actually seen in actual use.

    They should really l2internetslang because they got wtfpwnt like a bunch of n00bs :)

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Kneo24 (688412)

      I bet any amount of money they made the majority of those up to look tech savvy.

      I imagin if I started typing PAL all the time while chatting, my friends would just think I'm trying to shout the word, not use it as an acronym.

  • All the retards of Alabama and none of the charm.

    • by bunratty (545641)
      It must be a real PIA to live there.
    • by Burdell (228580)

      Hey, don't knock Alabama. A friend of mine had two motorcycles with personalized tags: GTFA and FYYFF. He made up alternate versions of what they stood for (they asked when he registered them).

  • Those 20 acronyms are a total joke. It looks like the only ones in common use are ASL and IRL, which appears as part of "let's meet in real life." Spreading this kind of misinformation won't help anyone.

  • by neokushan (932374) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:36PM (#23960415)

    He's a technology teacher and he doesn't know what "WTF" stands for. Just what technology is he actually teaching about?

  • by BBCWatcher (900486) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:37PM (#23960425)
    The state is issuing your choice among these substitutes: TIT TNA SOB POS FAG FUK SUK PEE ASS POO DIE
  • Don't anybody tell the guy what "420" means or there'll be even *more* (26^3) replacements.
  • by Stanislav_J (947290) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:39PM (#23960451)

    .....than being afraid of words is being afraid of acronyms that might stand for those words.

    Really, someone needs to.....

    (1).....take every possible three-letter combination
    (2) Come up with a suggested offensive, blasphemous, or obscene connotation for each one.
    (3) Circulate said list widely, especially on North Carolina related sites and boards (maybe e-mail to everyone in the N.C. DMV).
    (4) Stand back and watch the fun as they are forced to recall every last fuckin' license plate and replace it with numbers-only plates.

  • Lucky... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ack154 (591432) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:42PM (#23960483)

    I used to have WTFLOL in NY... but apparently someone took the time to actually complain to the DMV about it so the NY DMV sent me a new set of plates with a letter explaining the situation.

    It was a sad day. Sad that someone would actually take that kind of time to complain about a license plate.

    So now I have SRSLY b/c it is srsly retarded that I had to turn in the old plates.

  • Carlin (Score:3, Funny)

    by DigitalisAkujin (846133) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:43PM (#23960495) Homepage

    George Carlin would have been proud!

  • by eht (8912)

    How does a "Technology teacher" not know what WTF means in this day and age?

    What technology does she teach? How to make a buggy?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:44PM (#23960513)

    The article includes a helpful slide show of twenty Internet acronyms every parent should know.


    This is the funniest list since Microsoft did one a few years back (I can't' find the link any more)


    From this helpful list...


    POS-- Parents over shoulder? Not piece of shit or point of sale- and not to be confused with the other MENACING parents-are-here including Parents-in-room (PIR), Parent alert (p911), Parents-are-watching (PAW), Parents-are-listening (PAL), "keeping-parents-clueless" (KPC), and my favorite NIFOC (nude in front of computer), which of course you'd want to keep abbreviated when other people are in the room so they won''t find out (?HUH?) Then there's the ultimately chilling NALOP (Not a lot of people know this)...


    WTF? After what I'm guessing is probably an equal amount of research, I've discovered up some for their next edition of the list. Frightening to think our children use these.


    ISDOOMPH (I'm Selling Drugs Out Of My Parents House), IWKMYITST (I Will Kill My Parents In Their Sleep Tonight), UHWMD? (Do You Have Weapons of Mass Destruction?), ITGPAHAAWBC (I Think Getting Pregnant And Having An Abortion Would Be Cool), IHGDY? (I Hate God Do You?), LPG (Lets Poison Grandma), ROFML (Rolling On Floor Mainlining), RBIF (Robbing Banks is Fun), LSGTAWS (Lets Sniff Glue Tonight And Worship Satan), MPWNFTAO (My Parents Will NEVER Figure This Acronym Out), and GG (Golly Gee).

  • My neighbor has the vanity plate UH WTF. How he got that one by the morons at the DMV.... Oh, wait, morons.
  • ...if two people complain about your custom plate, it will be taken away from you. In the pre-Internet days, it happened to a driver who had OUI-OUI.

    There are some folks here with much too little to do.

    rj

  • ... when they suck it out of my cold dead ass.

  • by Sanat (702) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @08:53PM (#23960629)

    Along the same lines... I was raised in Ohio and lived on State Route 69.

    When i got home from the military in the 60's the route had been changed to State Route 235.

    Mom said it was changed because the college students were stealing all of the road signs along the highway but she did not know why they would be doing that.

  • Discount! (Score:2, Informative)

    by burni (930725)
    Well then they could give the "WTF","FCK"
    etc.. away with a discount.

    Well people are nuts.

    Those administration too, what should people do when being named "Dick" ?

    sue their parents ?
    or can such names be banned to get registered for birth certificate ?

    I cant get it anymore those people dont have a life, they should get one.
  • ....decided to buy a personalised number-plate for his daughter Louise-Anne while he was in prison. She got the numberplate LAG-1, which didn't quite make him the brightest light-bulb in the building.

  • My friend used to have the license plate "UHC 666." It was a completely legitimate plate, not a novelty one. Being the heathenous scoundrels we are, we liked to believe it stood for "You hate Christ, 666." Unfortunately, since it was his Michigan grandparents' car, he had to get a new license plate =/
  • by cptdondo (59460)

    Heh, I see a lot of NC plates on E-Bay soon. If I had one of those, I'd be hawking it...

    I remember seeing a german plate one time that had 'FUCK-nnn' or something. Turned out that FUCK was the designation of some town or other.

    Didn't Exxon pick that name because it was meaningless in every language?

  • by waldoj (8229) <waldoNO@SPAMjaquith.org> on Thursday June 26, 2008 @09:18PM (#23960919) Homepage Journal

    Hey, here in Virginia the state charges for a "WTF" license plate [flickr.com]. Now that's good governance.

  • I have one of these (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SkankinMonkey (528381) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @09:39PM (#23961167)
    When I bought my new car last year I got one and was quite pleased. I was planning on getting a vanity plate but when I got the plate in the mail I was like, WTF who needs one now? :)
  • by blake182 (619410) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @09:40PM (#23961173)

    The article includes a helpful slide show of twenty Internet acronyms every parent should know
    None of which are WTF.
  • Man (Score:3, Funny)

    by kurtis25 (909650) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @09:45PM (#23961209)
    Cosmo Kramer. You *are* the Assman.
  • by jollyreaper (513215) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @09:58PM (#23961327)

    What about the time I went with my gay friend to the gay bar to show I was cool and not prejudiced against homos and made the mistake of wearing my AC/DC t-shirt. Acronym malfunction doesn't even begin to describe it.

  • by NotQuiteReal (608241) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @10:26PM (#23961581) Journal
    With the passing of George Carlin, I am reminded that there are at least 7 very offensive words [wikipedia.org].

    So, any license plate that has one or more of these letters is suspect; S, P, F, C, M, or T. (C appears twice in the list, so any license plate that has two Cs in it is especially bad.)

    Bureaucrats who worry about this kind of shit are as worthless as tits on a boar. Those cocksucking motherfuckers really piss me off. What a bunch of cunts. Fuck them.

  • Initialism (Score:4, Informative)

    by mosb1000 (710161) <mosb1000@mac.com> on Friday June 27, 2008 @12:41AM (#23962719)
    WTF is not an aconym, since it can't be pronounced. I was taken to task [slashdot.org] on that one the other day.
  • WTF (Score:5, Funny)

    by ircharlie (317640) on Friday June 27, 2008 @04:20AM (#23964109)

    Wow, This Feels Weird. To Fund Withdrawal The Feds Will Tax Far Worse. This Furore Will Take Forever!

  • by stinerman (812158) <nathan.stine@NOSpaM.gmail.com> on Friday June 27, 2008 @09:08AM (#23965999) Homepage

    The Ohio DMV gave me "FA66ET".

    While it wasn't spelled correctly, I still got looks from quite a few passersby and fellow motorists.

    After I couldn't take it any more, I went down and reported the plates stolen.

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