What does PWOF stand for?

Putting wood on the fire

Imagine you have a fire. If you add more wood to it, the fire grows larger and burns longer. This is the literal meaning of ‘putting wood on the fire’ or PWOF. But when we talk about PWOF in a slang context, we’re not talking about actual fires.

Instead, the fire stands for any kind of conflict or challenging situation. This could be an argument between friends, a disagreement at work, or even a family trip turned sour. When you’re PWOF, you’re making the situation worse, just like adding wood to a real fire makes it burn more intensely.

The ‘wood’ you add on this metaphorical fire can be anything that escalates the conflict. It could be hurtful words in a heated argument, or actions that make a problem harder to solve. It might be poor decision-making under stress, or any other behaviour that adds fuel to the fire.

PWOF is all about cranking up the heat and making the conflict last longer. So, if you hear someone saying you’re PWOF, it might be time to take a step back and rethink your approach.

Example for using ‘PWOF’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about what happened at the party last night?

No, what happened?

Well, John and Tom got into a heated argument over football. It was intense!

Oh no, they always seem to clash when it comes to sports. I hope it didn’t escalate.

Unfortunately, it did. John started insulting Tom’s favorite team, and Tom fired back with some harsh words too.

Ugh, sounds like they were PWOF. Adding fuel to the fire just makes things worse.

Exactly! Instead of trying to resolve the issue, they made it even more heated.

It’s such a shame when people can’t find common ground and end up