Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging What Does PTFO Mean? This acronym that can be interpreted in two different ways By Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated January 23, 2020 Lifewire Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email PTFO is an acronym that's nearly impossible to accurately interpret just by looking at it for the first time. To make it even more confusing, PTFO has two possible ways it can be interpreted. PTFO stands for either one of the following phrases: Passed The F*** OutPlay The F***ing Objective Both interpretations include an F-bomb but are used in completely different ways. PTFO As Passed The F*** Out When PTFO is used to mean Passed The F*** Out, it implies a person is so exhausted they've fallen into a deep state of sleep. Alternatively, it can imply a person was knocked unconscious upon impact from a hit, a punch, a fall, a body check or some other physical force. The F-word helps to emphasize the intensity of a person's unconscious state. Anyone could say they "passed out" from exhaustion, which gets the point across just fine, but when they say they've "passed the f*** out," you know it's serious! Examples of PTFO As Passed The F*** Out Example 1 Friend #1: "Hey why aren't you answering my messages?" Friend #2: "Sorry. Been PTFO the last 10 hours." Example 2 Friend #1: "Did you see that hit Jones took during the game last night?!" Friend #2: "Yeah he was PTFO!" Both examples above show how PTFO can be used synonymously with the words "asleep" or "unconscious." PTFO As Play The F***ing Objective When PTFO is used to mean Play The F***ing Objective, it's almost always done in the chat area of a multiplayer video game. A player might use the acronym to tell distracted players to focus on how they must work together to level up and advance through the game rather than wasting time on unimportant things that are only relevant to the individual player. Like PTFO's alternative interpretation, the F-word is used here to emphasize the seriousness of the phrase. A player is much more likely to grab other players' attention by saying "play the f***ing objective" compared to simply saying "play the objective." Examples of PTFO As Play The F***ing Objective Example 1 Player #1: "Woot! Another kill!" Player #2: "PTFO! We need more flags!" Example 2 Friend #1: "Hey do you know any good gamer friends? My quest for PTFO players continues..." Friend #2: "I know a lot of non-PTFO players... but I'll hook you up with 1 or 2 good ones" The first example shows how PTFO can be used as a demand. The second one uses it as a descriptor of a type of game player. How to Tell Which Interpretation Is Being Used The easiest way to tell whether a person means Passed The F*** Out or Play The F***ing Objective when they use PTFO is by determining whether there's a gaming reference in their message or in the overall conversation. If there is, it's a good chance they mean Play The F***ing Objective. On the other hand, if there's a reference to sleep, exhaustion, illness, injury or some other unpleasant physical or mental state, Passed The F*** Out might be the right interpretation. Your best bet is to examine the context of the message containing PTFO and possibly the entire conversation to give you clues about which version of PTFO is being used.