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NFT Stands For… refers to a series of jokes that provide intentionally incorrect interpretation of the abbreviation "NFT," claiming that it stands for something other than Non-Fungible Token. Spawned by a viral tweet and usually structured as Yeah, I'm Into NFTs, the meme achieved notable prominence in November 2021.
While earlier jokes in which intentionally incorrect meaning of the abbreviation "NFT" exist, the joke did not achieve widespread recognition until early March 2021, when on March 2nd and 9th Twitter users @bigtitstrader and @surfbrainwaves made the two earliest such posts to gain over 100 likes (shown below, left and right). In both tweets, the abbreviation was interpreted as "nice fucking tits." On March 13th, Twitter user @BioTroy posted the joke, with the tweet gaining over 270 retweets and 880 likes in eight months.
On April 6th, 2021, Twitter user @girlmode made the joke, with the tweet gaining over 27,800 retweets and 160,800 likes in seven months (shown below), with the joke achieving widespread recognition.
Before October 1st. several viral tweets based on the joke were posted online. For example, on May 4th, Twitter user @kajinman_art posted an NSFW fan art of Tifa from Final Fantasy captioned, "Tifa NFTs (Nice Fucking Tits)." The post (shown below, left) gained over 2,800 retweets and 20,500 likes in six months (shown below, left). On September 30th, 2021, Twitter user @KidYuki1 posted the earliest known alternative version of the joke (shown below, right).
On October 1st, 2021, Twitter user @Tomboy_sama posted a version of the joke about tomboys, which gained over 40 retweets and 190 likes in one month (shown below, left). On the same day, Twitter user @snarkfriend posted a meme that gained over 15,500 retweets and 76,500 likes in the same period (shown below, right).
In October 2021, several viral versions of the joke were posted online. For example, on October 16th, 2021, Twitter user @SKULLERHOOD posted a meme that gained over 4,900 retweets and 36,200 likes in one month (shown below, left).
Starting in early November 2021, multiple viral versions of the meme were posted on Instagram, Twitter and other social media. For example, on November 7th, 2021, Instagram user trashcanpaul posted a meme that gained over 69,000 likes in one week (shown below, right).
The format maintained notable prominence online in early to mid-November 2021.
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