Internet Culture Makes Formerly Fine License Plate Obscene

from the way-to-go,-internet dept

For many years, of course, it's been common for internet users to make use of various shortcuts or acronyms to make common phrases much faster to type. While this "txt" speak may not harm anyone's grammar skills it has certainly introduced some new "words" into every day use. As submitted by Jon, it seems that's a problem for the 74-year-old woman in Ohio who had the vanity license plate: NWTF. To her, it meant "NorthWood Tree Farm," the business she owns. Apparently the youngsters at the motor vehicle bureau identified it more closely with internet usage of "wtf," usually meaning "what the f***." The N presents a bit of a problem, as it doesn't appear that many people use "nwtf," so the motor vehicle bureau just tacked on a "now" before the wtf -- and then rejected her renewal application for the license plate she's had for about a decade, telling her it broke the rules for obscenity on vanity plates. Of course, the folks at the National Wild Turkey Federation may have a thing or two to say about that.
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