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OMGWTFBBQ stands for “Oh My God What The Fuck Barbecue.” Little more than a meaningless jumble of acronyms, the phrase can be seen as a parody of popular internet acronyms in usage. To some extent, it has been also used to express confusion or lack of understanding, especially in the midst of incoherency.


The earliest usage of OMGWTFBBQ can be traced to Something Awful forums, where it was primarily used to mock other people’s excessive use of three-letter acronyms like OMG and WTF. The phrase became further popular through its usage in chatrooms and online games.

The Urban Dictionary entry for OMGWTFBBQ was submitted in January 2004; it was also featured as the word of the day in September 2007.

Spread & Usage

It is often used by Master Chief in the Machinima series Arby ‘n the Chief, which has contributed to its spread in the gaming community, just as the ’OMGWTFBBQ’ Achievement in Team Fortress 2 has.

This phrase has been also referenced in other internet phenomena, most notably LOLCAT image macros on and Demotivational Posters. Some derivatives of the image macros depict actual barbecues, and icanhascheezburger has even had a shirt of the day with ‘omfgwtfbbq’ and a grill on it.


  • There are other known forms of the phrase, such as “omgwtfbbqsauce” (which is typically accompanied by image macros with barbecue grills) and ‘omgwtfbbqhax’ (often used in chats during gameplay). ‘WTFBBQ’ also turns up, often as the far more perplexed and less exaggerated variant of the phrase.

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OMG – “I am quite startled by the content to which I am currently being exposed”.

WTF – “Having calmed my initial alarm, I find myself growing ever more disturbed by this content.”

BBQ – “Despite the nature of this content, I find myself strangely aroused and curious, and wish to discover its source that I may see more of this content, see this content more often, and/or see more content in this vein.”


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