What does WTYAF stand for?

Who threw you a fish?

Ever wondered what WTYAF means in online slang? WTYAF, or ‘who threw you a fish’, is typically used when an unwanted person attempts to join a discussion. It’s a way to ask, “how did you get here?” or “who invited you?”

This acronym is often used to ward off internet trolls or anyone who disrupts a conversation without an invitation. When someone posts WTYAF, they’re essentially telling the other person to leave.

The phrase draws a funny picture, comparing the uninvited person to a seal that has just been fed. The seal keeps making noise, just like the person who is interfering with the conversation. So when you see someone posting WTYAF, they’re basically saying, “Stop squawking like a fed seal and find some other place to hang out.”

Needless to say, it’s quite a burn! It’s designed to make the other person feel embarrassed and encourage them to move on to a different chat or thread. So, if you come across WTYAF in an online chat, now you know what it means!

Example for using ‘WTYAF’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that comment on my post?

Yeah, some random person trying to start an argument.


Haha, exactly! They need to find another conversation to interrupt!