If you use Snapchat to chat with friends, chances are you’ve seen people send messages that say ‘SMH,’ ‘SFS,’ and ‘WTW.’ But what in the world do these things mean? There’s no shortage of messaging apps available in 2022. iMessage is the go-to choice for iPhone users, Facebook Messenger remains a popular app, WhatsApp is huge in some countries, and lots of people still rely on good old-fashioned SMS texting.

Then there’s Snapchat. Snapchat is a robust and fascinating app. Its bread and butter is the ability to quickly send photos and videos to friends, but there’s so much more to it these days. Snapchat also has a stories feature, original programming from major media companies, and a ‘Spotlight’ page that resembles TikTok — just to name a few of the highlights. For many people, Snapchat is also their app of choice for DMs and group chats with friends.

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Whether you use Snapchat as your primary messaging app (or only talk to a handful of people on it), you’ve probably chatted with some users sending phrases like SMH, SFS, and WTW. Abbreviations like this aren’t exclusive to Snapchat, but they tend to be more prevalent there compared to other messaging applications. SMH — one of the more common ones — stands for ‘shaking my head.’ It’s usually used when someone is disappointed or upset about something. Didn’t finish today’s Wordle? Running late to your friends’ Fortnite lobby? SMH.

What SFS & WTW Mean On Snapchat

Along with SMH, another popular Snapchat saying is SFS. SFS is short for ‘shoutout for shoutout.’ This is used more often in people’s public stories or on Snapchat Spotlight posts. If someone sends you something with SFS, it means they’ll give your post/content a shoutout if you do the same for them. It’s basically a tool for getting more views on something you’ve posted. It doesn’t always work, but it’s something you’ll see quite often on Snapchat.

Last but not least, Snapchat users should also be familiar with WTW. Depending on who you’re talking to, WTW can have a couple of different meanings. Some Snapchat users may use it as an abbreviation for ‘what’s the word’ — basically asking what’s up with someone. WTW can also be used to say ‘what the what’ as an expression of surprise or disbelief (similar to saying ‘what the heck’).

As mentioned above, phrases like SMH, SFS, and WTW aren’t only used on Snapchat. You may also see them on Twitter, Instagram, and other places across the internet. Wherever you find them, however, the meaning should remain the same.