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WTF? NC Offers to Replace 10,000 License Plates

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the what-if-I'm-offended-by-prudery? dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 467

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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WTF (-1, Offtopic)

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So let me get this straight... (4, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960199)

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 (2, Funny)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960267)

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:Way To Fail (3, Funny)

lena_10326 (1100441) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960481)

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

Re:So let me get this straight... (4, Insightful)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:So let me get this straight... (2, Funny)

Fuji Kitakyusho (847520) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960413)

Serously - who gets offended by random letter combinations? Now KMA, STFU and GBTW.

Re:So let me get this straight... (5, Funny)

gerf (532474) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960893)

My license place has DRM on it, which offends me almost as much as the real stuff. Thankfully it's sitting in my garage where my house number is 404, so no one sees it anyway.

Re:So let me get this straight... (1)

Gyga (873992) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960335)

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.

Re:So let me get this straight... (5, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#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:So let me get this straight... (2, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960591)

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

Heh (1)

QUILz (1043102) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960205)

WTF? Still can't turn off this section in preferences. (And the greasemonkey scripts I was recommended don't work so well...)

Re:Heh (3, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960767)

WTF? Still can't turn off
this section in preferen
ces. (And the greasemo
nkey scripts I was reco
mmended don't work so
well...)


Someone over at Slashd
ot really needs to take a
serious look at why the
comment field is so stup
id narrow. Why, it's almo
st almost unusably narr
ow. I mean, how difficult
would it be to set the fiel
d to a usable width? Ju
st multiply the width by a
bout a factor of five or si
x. Or better yet, use a
percentage, like say nin
ety percent or somethin
g in that neighbourhood.

Sheesh!

WTF? First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960213)

HEH :)

The real story is the clueless teacher (5, Interesting)

HycoWhit (833923) | more than 5 years ago | (#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...

Re:The real story is the clueless teacher (4, Funny)

topham (32406) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960313)

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?

Re:The real story is the clueless teacher (3, Funny)

NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) | more than 5 years ago | (#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:The real story is the clueless teacher (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960569)

Yeah, because knowing all the hip slang on the interwebz will get you into the best college and eventually will land you a 500k salary job when you get out of school...

IMHO (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960257)

In my homosexual opinion, stupid stuff like this makes me LMAO.

wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960271)

and anyone that has "BFF" on their plates should STFU.

88HH420!

WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960281)

Why the fuck are my tax dollars being used to censor something that is "potentially offensive"

That's fucking bullshit, cocksuckers.

POS (2, Interesting)

d34thm0nk3y (653414) | more than 5 years ago | (#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!

Re:POS (1)

ardle (523599) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960971)

Most people won't RTFA. That wasn't a list. Picture this: a 6x4 photo of childlike hands on a keyboard, main caption: "GYPO", sub-caption:"Get Your Pants Off".
This stuff is FUD for parents - and some parents love it. It must give them a sense of control, or something...

Most subtle I've ever seen... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960329)

on a trip to CA many years ago: 1SUL369 (One sultry....)

horrible list of acronyms (1)

Aurisor (932566) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960337)

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:horrible list of acronyms (2, Funny)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960537)

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.

Re:horrible list of acronyms (1)

ohxten (1248800) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960707)

I didn't even bother reading them. They were listed in an annoying slideshow format, instead of plain old text. I'd rather not have to click a button to have an image load for each acronym.

That's my state! (1)

gelfling (6534) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960345)

All the retards of Alabama and none of the charm.

Re:That's my state! (1)

Burdell (228580) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960903)

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).

EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW! (1)

The Iso (1088207) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960365)

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.

Re:EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW! (1)

deepgrey (1246108) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960501)

Won't help you unless your kid is a 40 year old sexual predator, heh. Seriously, how many kids really chat with anyone but their friends from school? Personally, I think they should have had roflmfao in list, just to spice things up a little and to add something that you actually see in IM conversations.

Re:EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW! (1)

Ksevio (865461) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960577)

Also, was it really necessary to put a list of 20 words as a slide show of 20 pictures of laptops with the acronym and meaning?

Couldn't they have used text in a normal list?

Re:EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW! (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960627)

Are you kidding? Everyone needs retarded pictures to help illustrate retarded points.

Re:EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW! (3, Funny)

NoobixCube (1133473) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960959)

Everyone knows a slideshow is the only way to express ideas you know nothing about.

The sad part? (2, Funny)

neokushan (932374) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960415)

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

Re:The sad part? (1)

Sobieski (1032500) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960475)

Because everyone knows that if you are unfamiliar with slang, you have no knowledge in technology.

Re:The sad part? (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960659)

You're missing the point. WTF is very very common acronym, especially so if you're even remotely versed in technology, like a computer.

Please... (1)

jemenake (595948) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960449)

Don't anybody tell the guy what "420" means or there'll be even *more* (26^3) replacements.

Re:Please... (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960519)

I frequently see a car that has a (regular random) plate 420-THC. And the girl whose car it is, clearly gets a kick out of having the plate.

The only thing more stupid..... (4, Interesting)

Stanislav_J (947290) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:The only thing more stupid..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960731)

(3) Circulate said list widely, especially on North Carolina related sites and boards (maybe e-mail to everyone in the N.C. DMV).

Hmmmm, DMV?, you mean Dick My Vagi......

Re:The only thing more stupid..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960965)

in NC it is MVD (says in summary).
in MD it is MVA (I live in MD).
in most other places it is DMV.

Re:The only thing more stupid..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960797)

Y'all must be a bunch of 58008 if ya think limiting to numbers will fix anything. ... just a waste of tax-payers' money, yet again.

Re:The only thing more stupid..... (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960897)

(4) would be a trick in CA, as number only plates are reserved for government cars (public transportation, police cars, fire trucks, USPS fleet...)

17s 0k (1)

edwebdev (1304531) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960459)

@7 l335t th3 p@r3|\|tz d0|\|7 k|\|0w l337 5p33k y37

Re:17s 0k (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960671)

@7 l335t th3 p@r3|\|tz d0|\|7 k|\|0w l337 5p33k y37

Translation:
At least the parents don't know "leet" (elite) speak yet.

Haha! Now they do!

Lucky... (4, Interesting)

ack154 (591432) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:Lucky... (5, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960741)

A few years back, Smoking Gun obtained a ton of DMV complaint letters about vanity plates and put it on their site. Link [thesmokinggun.com]

WTF? (1)

eht (8912) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960505)

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?

are you afraid, parents? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#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).

What if I like my plate? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960533)

No way are they getting my WTFBUSH plate back.

Here in Colorado (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960605)

...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

Tax dollars spent well (1)

ohxten (1248800) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960623)

What a wonderful way to spend our tax dollars.

Over-reacting granny would never survive reading Slashdot.

It started with road signs (4, Interesting)

Sanat (702) | more than 5 years ago | (#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! (2, Informative)

burni (930725) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960633)

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.

That is not right (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960695)

All license plates should be easy to remember. WTF is a good choice. I would retain it if my car got one with that prefix. I see no reason to use all possible combinations just because they are available. I wonder if "ISO SWF" is still available. Finding both the license plate and SWF will be cool, but I will settle for SWF.

I was offended by my CA plate (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23960717)

It starts with the letters 6AM. The last thing I wanted was to be reminded that there is such a thing as "six AM". I think I should be allowed to have mine replaced free of charge also.

And a convict once... (1, Funny)

mikael (484) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960755)

....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.

PTSBWWASLA (1)

p51d007 (656414) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960827)

Man, you kids think you are hot stuff for all this texting mumbo-jumbo. Hell, back in the mid 70's, a buddy of mine and myself came up with one. PTSBWWASLA. See if you can figure that one out. > > > > > > > > > > > > > Give up? Pretty Tough Sh*t But Who Wants A Sh*t Laying Around We came up with a few more, but those we take to our grave. (Yes, I know I need to lay off the Mt. Dew

True story (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960835)

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 =/

uh (1)

legoman666 (1098377) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960847)

I must be hanging out in the wrong pedo chat rooms; I hardly know any of those "20 Internet acronyms a parent should know."

Ebay (1)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960881)

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?

Some may like it (1)

BriGal (216681) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960899)

Somehow I doubt the NC driver that I saw really wants to give up his WTFCAR!!1 plate...

plenty of bad words out there (1)

silvermorph (943906) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960929)

I feel like we could come up with inappropriate acronyms for most 3-letter combinations. Then we go back to numbers-only?

LOLERSKATES & ROFLCOPERS (1)

halsver (885120) | more than 5 years ago | (#23960941)

Here is a list of the "parents must know" acronyms (most of these are truly terrible and read at your own risk):
POS Parents Over Shoulder
PIR Parents In Room
P911 Parent Alert
PAW Parents are Watching
PAL Parents are Listening (important for children of blind parents)
ASL
MorF Male or Female
SorG Straight or Gay
LMIRL Lets Meet IRL
TD2M Talk Dirty to Me
IWSN I Want Sex Now (isn't this redundant for teenagers?)
NIFOC Nude in front of Computer (also redundant, but maybe just for me)
GYPO Get your pants off
ADR Address
WYCM Will you call me
KFU Kisses For you (sadly not Kentucy Fried Underpants as I expected)
MOOS Member of Opposite Sex
MOSS Member of Same Sex (Or potentially a nasty typo)
NALOPKT Not a lot of people know this (Glad to see the younger generation notices a lot is two words)

As an upstanding member of the internet I am offended that this list leaves off many, many important internet terms. I leave it to the posters after me to create a more comprehensive list for parents.

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