People often use this abbreviation in texts. It’s going to be quite weird to say this abbreviation to a person. Rather, people say the full meaning.
You probably haven’t heard this before… or you may have heard this and you wonder what the abbreviation means and how to respond to it. You have found your answers.
WTW means ‘What’s the Word?’ It simply asks what is going on with you and a good response to that is Nothing. I’m just having fun by myself.
WTW may also mean ‘What the what!’ This is an exclamation used to express shock or surprise and a good way to respond to that is to equally show your shock or simply show your reaction to the same thing.
Below are 30 different ways to respond to WTW; both ‘What’s the word’ and ‘What the What’
15 Responses To WTW (‘What’s The Word’)
- I’m just chilling in my home.
- Do you have something for me? It’s boring here.
- No new info.
- I’m thinking of staying home.
- Just checking up on you.
- It’s really been a while
- I should be asking you. You’ve been silent.
- I’m having a party at my place.
- Literally nothing.
- No updates yet
- I forgot to tell you.
- I’m also waiting.
- It’s good news, man.
- I was about to ask you.
- I need your help with a few things. It’s urgent.
I’m just chilling in my home.
As mentioned earlier, ‘WTW’ may be used to as what is going on with you. A good substitution for this expression is ‘How are you?’ Another good substitution is ‘What have you been up to?’
By saying this, you are telling the person what you are doing at the moment
You are implying that you don’t have anything to do at the moment so you are ‘just’ chilling in your home.
Do you have something for me? It is boring here
This sounds like a question and it actually is. People often respond to questions with questions if they have no answer to the question or if they feel they should be the ones asking.
Without bothering to add ‘it is boring here’, you will still be implying that you have no great news or story to share with the person asking. You are also throwing the question back.
The person may have come to you all excited to share some information with you and he or she simply chose to ask about you first.
No new info
‘Info’ refers to information. When you say ‘No new info’, you mean there isn’t new information to share. This is not always a correct response to this expression but it is a very correct one in the right context.
‘What’s the Word’ is basically the same as asking ‘What’s up’ and they can be used in almost the same way.
‘What’s the word’ may be asking about something specific. It may be asking about the progress of a project. It may also be asking for updates.
In this case, it is asking for Information. It should be very clear when a person is asking for Information or updates on a particular topic. You can respond with this to imply that you have no news to share.
I’m thinking of staying home
As stated earlier, ‘What’s the word’ may be a question thrown at your plan for the day. It may be translated as ‘What have you been up to’ or ‘what are you doing’
You can respond by saying your plans for the day. If this is what the informal question is asking of you, you should be able to tell from how it is asked and who is asking the question.
It is the same way you can guess what a person is asking about when he or she says ‘What’s up’.
Just checking up on you
A person can say ‘What’s the word’ when you visit or call him or her. This question is most likely to come from someone you don’t often call or someone you are not very close to.
This question shows a person’s surprise or the awkwardness of the conversation. It may also simply be a friendly ‘What’s up’ or ‘How have you been’.
Also, a person may be saying ‘what’s the word’ to ask for updates on a particular project or topic.
You can give this response to tell him or her that you only called or visited to check up on him or her and you don’t have any new information to share.
You can also choose to give the information or update you have with you if that is the reason you called or visited him or her.
It’s really been a while
When you are asked ‘What’s the word’, you don’t necessarily have to give a direct answer unless it is required.
For example, you may be asked this question by your boss and it is only necessary to give a straight answer if he or she is referring to an important project or office-related matters.
Your boss may simply be saying ‘What’s the word’ as another form of ‘how are you’.
In response to a casually asked question, you can just continue the conversation by talking about the other person.
‘What’s the word’ can come from an old friend who is asking for interesting stories he must have missed with you. By giving this response, you are also addressing the long distance between the both of you.
I should be asking you. You’ve been silent
This response works in a specific context only. You should only use this if it matches the situation.
For example, you may be asked ‘What’s the word’ by a partner or someone else who is working on a project with you.
You both may also simply be waiting for information and sharing it with each other. ‘What’s the word’ would be a way of asking if you have any new information.
You can respond with this to show you don’t have new information and you expect the other person to have new information.
The second part of this response also addresses the distance between both of you. The person will most likely respond to that first.
I’m having a party at my place
Of course, you can’t be saying this if you don’t have a party at your place. However, this suggested response should help you understand how you may respond to ‘What’s the word’.
When WTW starts a conversation, it can be treated as a greeting and will not be necessarily answered as a question.
However, if it comes in the middle of a conversation, it is most likely asking a serious question and an answer is demanded.
You can say you are having a party at your place. It could be dinner. You can say you are going out the next day.
You can say you plan to go to an event the next week and you can ask if the person would like to be there. These are ways you can answer the WTW question.
As mentioned earlier, when WTW starts the conversation, you don’t have to respond but nothing stops you to do so.
It’s like asking how a person is doing before even greeting him or her. The question will be taken as a greeting so he or she may choose to respond by greeting you back or just answering your question.
The answers to questions like this are usually swift and programmed so they may not be actually honest.
When you say ‘nothing’ as a response, this simply implies that you are bored. You may not actually be doing anything but you are saying that there is nothing interesting you are doing at the moment.
No updates yet
You should already know what this answers to. You can’t simply say ‘No update’ when you are asked about your welfare.
However, you can say this when you are asked about a particular topic on which you are expected to give information on.
Therefore, you can’t always use this response unless the person is asking.
When this question is coming from a person who expects you to give information on something, you should respond by giving information or whatever update you have on the topic.
If there is no information yet, you can say so.
Oh. I forgot to tell you
‘Oh’ is an interjection that is often used to express realization. It may also express disappointment or surprise. In this context, it is expressing realization. This response shows that you have just remembered something.
You can give this response to a serious question about information on an important topic. You may also give this response to your friend’s casual question in the middle of your conversation.
In both cases, this implies that there is something you would have loved to share earlier but you forgot.
This response is usually followed by the information to planned to share with the person you are talking to.
I’m also waiting
While simply saying ‘What’s up’ does not suggest what a person is talking about, you may be able to guess what he or she is talking about.
You should be able to tell by considering the person asking, your situation, and whatever you may have recently discovered.
This response suggests that you are not ‘supposed’ to be the one providing information but you may have information.
It implies that you are waiting for the information that the person is equally waiting for. In other words, you both are waiting to get information from the same source and the other person is simply asking to be sure he or she is not behind.
It’s good news, man
This is a casual response so you probably don’t want to sound like this when talking to your boss or an older person whose respect you seek.
This response implies that you actually have information to share. Not just information but an interesting one that the other person may be happy to hear.
You can give this response to your friend. He or she does not have to already know what you are talking about.
WTW, from your friend, is simply asking about your welfare on a serious note so you are free to share your good and bad stories in the conversation.
You can also say this in response to your boss without sounding so casual. If your boss says WTW, referring to a project or important topic, you can say ‘It’s good news, sir’. Then you can proceed to say what the good news is.
I was about to ask you.
This happens many times when you are about to ask someone a question but he or she asks you first. In many cases, it may mean that neither of you has answers to the question.
It may also mean that both of you already have the information that you are about to share. Also, it may mean neither of you has any interesting story to share.
You can respond with this question if a partner is asking for information on a particular topic. It doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have information but it may mean you don’t have enough information.
You can proceed to share the little information you have and it is even possible that the other person also has a bit of information to share with you.
15 Responses To WTW (‘What The What’)
- IKR! I was shocked too!
- Are you just hearing about this?
- It’s not a big deal actually.
- I said the same thing when I heard about it.
- What? Ha-ha
- It’s crazy, isn’t it?!
- Come on. It’s old news.
- That’s an exaggeration. Lol.
- Don’t mind that. It’s fake.
- My head is also screaming right now.
- I don’t believe it. Take it easy.
- And I just confirmed it.
- I’m so excited.
- It’s a lie. LOL.
- You believe this? I’d be damned.
IKR! I was shocked too!
When a person says ‘What the What’, he or she must have seen or heard something surprising or shocking. It is the same way people exclaim ‘what!’ when they hear or see something that surprises them.
If the reaction is toward something you said or something you showed the person, you can also express your reaction toward the same thing.
By saying IKR (I know, right?), you are implying that you understand the person’s reaction. You are also claiming that you were equally shocked when you first heard or saw the information you are sharing.
Are you just hearing about this?
While you can react to the thing you are showing this person, you may also react to the person’s reaction. This question implies that what you are telling this person is no news.
You are indirectly implying that you have had the information for a long time and you expect him or her to have had the information already.
It may be a rumor that you expect everyone including this person to have heard already.
It’s not a big deal actually
There are situations where we first exaggerate some things before showing their true sizes. The information you are giving to this person may sound enormous or scary to him or her.
However, you may have more information that shows that the real situation is not as scary or great as it has been described.
After the person’s exclamation toward the information, you can simply show him or her that the expression is needless since it is not as scary as it sounds. You should support this with the extra information you have.
I made the same statement when I heard about this
This response implies that you didn’t just feel equally surprised on hearing the information but you even exclaimed the same words.
This may be true or false. No one exactly cares about that. The point is you were equally shocked or surprised when you heard the Information.
Furthermore, you can state your thoughts on the Information. You may not believe the story you have heard. It is also possible that you have confirmed it as an exaggeration or a lie. You can share the hidden info with the person.
You can say this as a response to the person’s reaction. You are showing your amusement to the person’s exclamation or facial expression.
This most likely means you know something that the other person does not know. It is the kind of expression one can get when exaggerating a story and getting the anticipated reaction from listeners.
This response may also simply mean you don’t consider the information a big deal. You can also say this and give your reason for taking the ‘shocking’ story lightly.
It may mean you don’t understand the story you have shared with the person and you can’t understand why the person is reacting that way.
It’s crazy, isn’t it?!
This response shows that you support the reaction of the person, even though you are not putting in the same energy or exclaiming the same way.
From this, you can proceed into a conversation on how enormous you both consider the information to be.
Come on. It’s old news
This is the opposite of how the other person feels. You may not be saying it like a piece of information. You may have made the statement during your conversation when the person was surprised by it.
By giving this response, you are implying that you don’t expect the person or anyone else to be surprised by it since it is no longer new to people.
That’s an exaggeration. Lol.
You may have added a bit of hyperbole in the way you gave the Information and the person may have reacted just the way you expected him or her to.
You can simply say that what you said was an exaggeration and laugh about it.
It may also not be you intentionally exaggerating it. You may be saying it just as you have heard it but you can give this response if you think or you are sure that the information was exaggerated.
Don’t mind that. It’s fake
Whether the information was passed by you or by another person, you can say this to express your disbelief.
You may have passed the information as a prank on the person. It could also be the information you heard from another person but you have been able to confirm that the story is untrue.
Another person may be passing the information while your friend reacts to it, then you can say how you feel about the Information.
My head is also screaming right now
This is funny because you are implying that your head is screaming just like your friend did. This means you weren’t just as impressed as your friend. You are still impressed by the information.
I don’t believe it. Take it easy.
This implies that the information you both are talking about has not been proven to you. You are openly expressing your disbelief towards the information.
By saying ‘take it easy’, this may mean that the information or story can still be proven true or untrue
And I just confirmed it
While WTW can express a person’s actual shock and surprise, it may also express a person’s disbelief at a shocking story.
By saying that you have confirmed it, you are showing that you understand the reaction but you are not reacting wildly to it
I’m so excited
When your friend expresses his or her excitement towards the news you shared, you can also express your excitement.
It’s a lie. LOL
This implies that the information shared by you or another person is false. You may only have said it because you wanted to see how the person would react.
You believe this? I’d be damned.
This shows your surprise at your friend’s reaction to the information you said. You can joke about the fact that your friend believed it, even while it’s clearly unbelievable.