What Does ‘TW’ Mean and How to Use it?

What Does TW Mean?

TW means “Trigger Warning.” It is also used as an abbreviation of the names of British singer-songwriter James Taylor-Watts and American golfer Tiger Woods.

Here is more information about each of these definitions of TW, with examples of use.

Trigger Warning

The abbreviation TW is widely used online to label images or videos that may illicit a strong or potentially harmful emotional response in viewers.

Content that is typically labeled with TW includes (but is not limited to):

  • Cruelty to animals.
  • Drug use.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Excessive or gratuitous violence.
  • Mental illness.
  • Pedophilia.
  • Physical, verbal or emotional abuse.
  • Pornography.
  • Rape and sexual assault.
  • Self-harm.
  • Suicide.

Marking potentially disturbing content with TW is particularly important if it may trigger a mental disorder or prompt thoughts of self harm or suicide. However, TW is often used sarcastically to poke fun at people of a different political persuasion. For example:

  • Toni: Did you watch the Darwin Awards video I sent you.
  • Jordan: It was horrible! You should have sent me a TW.
  • Joe: Did you see the results of the appeal against the election results?
  • Donald: Not yet. What did the say?
  • Joe: TW. You still lost!

Trigger Warnings are often referred to as “Content Warnings”. Disturbing content may also be labeled as TW/* (“Trigger Warning/Suicide”).

James Taylor-Watts / Tiger Woods

TW is used by their fans to refer to British singer-songwriter James Taylor Watts and American golfing legend Tiger Woods.

James TW – You & Me (Official Video)

“Cyber Speak” Test

You now know what TW means, but are you good at Cyber Speak? Well, let’s see!

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