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What Does WTM Mean?

Allison Bressmer

Allison Bressmer

Professor and Freelance Writer

Published Apr 18, 2022

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If someone texts you LOL, you know they’re laughing out loud. If they text TTYL, you know the conversation is over for now, and they’ll “Talk To You Later.”

But what if your friend texts you WTM? Would you know how to answer?

Depending on the context, they could be asking you What’s The Move?, What’s The Matter? or simpy sending you a snarky Whatever That Means retort.

Contents:
  1. What Does WTM Stand For?
  2. WTM Meaning
  3. Does WTM Mean Different Things on Snapchat, Instagram, and Texting?
  4. Examples of WTM Used in Sentences

What Does WTM Stand For?

WTM is an acronym that has become part of Internet slang.

The term "Internet slang" refers to the non-standard language people use to communicate across social media sites, through instant messaging, and in informal texting conversations. In those contexts, it can stand for:

  • What’s The Move?
  • What’s The Matter?
  • Whatever That Means.

The meanings of WTM

WTM Meaning

There are three possible meanings for the acronym WTM: What’s The Move? What’s The Matter? Whatever That Means.

What’s The Move?

What's the move meaning

If you’re in a group chat or checking in with a buddy to discuss plans, you might ask WTM.

Asking WTM in that context is like asking “What’s the plan?” Move and plan are synonymous is this context. Another translation is “What are we doing tonight?”

This is the most common meaning of WTM.

What’s The Matter?

What's the matter meaning

A second meaning for WTM is “What’s the Matter?”

If you’re communicating with a friend and they seem upset, asking WTM is like asking “What’s bothering you” or “What’s wrong?”

Even though “What’s The Plan?” and “What’s The Matter?” are questions, adding a question mark at the end of WTM is optional.

You can add it for emphasis, but if you leave it off, the recipient will still know you’re asking a question.

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A major goal of informal electronic communication is speed, which is why acronyms are so popular in texting language.

Adding “unnecessary” punctuation slows communication down, which is counter to the purpose of acronyms.

Whatever That Means

Whatever that means meaning

A third meaning for WTM is “Whatever That Means.” In this context, WTM isn’t a question but a sarcastic remark, similar to “What are you talking about?”

Does WTM Mean Different Things on Snapchat, Instagram, and Texting?

The three meanings for WTM are consistent across social media sites and informal texting conversations.

Whether you’re on Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok, or having a casual text conversation, WTM will mean “What’s The Move?,” “What’s The Matter?,” or “Whatever That Means.”

Meanings for WTM That Aren’t Internet Slang

Other meanings for WTM

There are different meanings for WTM in other contexts.

  • WTM has been used to reference the World Travel Market, an annual, London-based global travel and tourism exhibition.
  • Computer developers used WTM for Windows Task Manager until the tool’s name was changed to Microsoft Task Manager.
  • After the first World’s Toughest Mudder event in 2011, people started using WTM as shorthand for this 24-hour extreme obstacle course.
  • In business, WTM stands for Winner Takes Most, a variation of Winner Takes All. In the WTM market, no single company makes all the money. Instead, several companies make most of that money.

When To Use WTM

Only use WTM to mean “What’s The Move?,” “What’s The Matter?,” or “Whatever That Means,” within Internet-slang contexts. Using the acronym with those meanings in formal communication is inappropriate.

These additional uses of WTM, not those used across social media, only make sense in their specific contexts.

You wouldn’t use WTM to mean World Travel Market when discussing Winner Takes Most markets at a business meeting.

Chances are, you won’t ever face a situation when you would need to use different meanings of WTM simultaneously, so keeping the meanings separate shouldn’t cause a problem.

Examples of WTM Used in Sentences

These sentences show what the acronym WTM means when used as Internet slang.

Remember, in this type of communication, punctuation is often optional or only used to add emphasis. If punctuation is missing or doubled, it’s not a typo.

WTM meaning What’s The Move?

  • Are we still meeting for happy hour later? WTM
  • WTM here everyone. We’ve got to get going!
  • We’ve been throwing ideas around all day. WTM??
  • WTM ladies–I’m ready to go!

WTM Meaning “What’s The Matter?”

  • U seemed mad tonight. WTM
  • WTM? Please tell me what’s wrong!
  • WTM now? Did you break a nail?
  • Seriously. WTM?

WTM Meaning “Whatever That Means”

  • He said it was about him not me. WTM.
  • They said the payment is reasonable WTM
  • She described him as unique. WTM.
  • Texter 1: He swore he wouldn’t tell. Texter 2: Yeah. WTM.

A Final Word on WTM

Internet slang is an ever-evolving and growing language.

While WTM means “What’s The Move?,” “What’s The Matter?,” or “Whatever That Means” now, there’s always the possibility for expansion.


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Allison Bressmer

Allison Bressmer

Professor and Freelance Writer

Allison Bressmer is a professor of freshman composition and critical reading at a community college and a freelance writer. If she isn’t writing or teaching, you’ll likely find her reading a book or listening to a podcast while happily sipping a semi-sweet iced tea or happy-houring with friends. She lives in New York with her family. Connect at linkedin.com/in/allisonbressmer

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