WTF PL8S TMTH 4 NC
The great state of North Carolina recently began issuing license plates beginning with the letters W, T and F. Reasonable, grown-up adults who received these plate numbers at first didn't even bat an eye at the text-slang exclamation adorning their license plates. Until their children started giggling. AFP reports that one North Carolinan with the WTF plates "wasn't hip to the Internet-age significance of her new license plate," but "developed this real self-consciousness" after catching her grandchildren laughing at the hilarity of it all. Rather than enjoying a good ROTFL, this elementary school teacher just did what everyone else in elementary school does when kids mock them on the playground: run crying to the state government. Thanks to one plateholder's stunning lack of a sense of humor, the state of North Carolina is now recalling all of the 9,999 "WTF plates" issued. Including WTF-5505 which was being used by the DMV as a media prop for stories about the state's switch from blue plate lettering to red. The NC DMV has pledged to thoroughly vet every future license plate combination to weed out any inappropriate text-message acronyms (at taxpayer expense). Note to DMV: AYSOS?
Here in the US it's anything remotely referring to profanity or innuendo. In Europe it's anything referring to fascism (or communism). For example, in Germany it's illegal to name your child "Hitler" or "Stalin." It may in fact be illegal to name your kid "Adolf." Different variations, same theme. Everyone's got to get their panties in a bundle over something.
A guy I know once had a tag containing the sequence '666'. On more than one occasion as he pulled into a gas station, the attendant came running/screaming/waving out of his glass house shouting for him to 'git' out of here. They weren't about to service his satan-mobile there.
My response to this topic would be adequately summed by the first three letters of the recalled license plates.
Different strokes for different folks.