What in the World Does JFC Mean?

How to interpret JFC when you see it on social media or in a text

Illustration of JFC used in a text message

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JFC stands for: 

Jesus F***ing Christ

Yes, those asterisks represent the letters that make up the F-word. And yes, many religious (and some non-religious) folks will find using JFC as an especially vulgar way to take the Lord's name in vain when it's used in text messaging, or on Facebook or Instagram messages.

Examples of JFC in Use

JFC can be used at the beginning of a sentence, at the end of a sentence or anywhere in between. Proper spelling and grammar aren't typically used with acronyms like JFC since the whole point of using an acronym is to quickly get the message out as fast as possible.

You might even notice some people using JFC to separate one thought from another without actually breaking it up into two sentences. Here are some examples of what a post or message might look like when JFC is used:

"JFC you've gotta be kidding me with this semester's assignments... srsly so much work."

"I haven't been able to taste anything for 8 days. When will this cold end? JFC"

"I don't even know where the day went LOL JFC I need to get my at together."

How to Use JFC

First of all, you're obviously going to want to be careful with using this acronym since it's meant to communicate profanity. If you wouldn't want your mom on Facebook or your boss on LinkedIn to hear you say those exact words out loud, you probably shouldn't put it online — even if the acronym itself looks more harmless than typing out the actual words in full.

If you use social media or texting for personal reasons, however, and the people you're communicating with are super laid back when it comes to profanity (and perhaps even use it from time to time themselves), then you might just be safe to use JFC around them. Here are a few suggested situations where you might want to use it:

Use it when you want to exaggerate your shocked reaction to something. People swear when something unexpectedly happens and leaves them feeling surprised, shocked and/or appalled. Adding JFC into your shocked reaction can help emphasize just how shocked you really are.

Use it when you're offended, disgusted, angry, frustrated, or upset about something. For many people, negativity and swearing go hand in hand. If you're in a bad state, typing JFC into a comment, a status update or a text may help you blow off some steam.

Use it when you find something to be hilariously funny. Using JFC in your reaction to something that turned out to be way funnier than you expected can help you express just how much you're laughing in real life. You might see JFC and LOL used alongside each other online by people who are trying to communicate the magnitude of their amusement.

Use it when you're simply overwhelmed with emotion and there's nothing else to say. To sum it up, you can use JFC in almost any situation where you're overwhelmed and don't have the words to express yourself accurately – whether you're shocked, disgusted, amused or feeling any other kind of way.