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What does F in the chat mean?

Gamer communities are often quite creative when it comes to making new rules, slang and acronyms for their favourite games. One wrong move on the publisher’s end and a moment in the game or a cutscene can become a worldwide meme.

In this article, we’re looking at what ‘F in the chat’ really means and why it is so popular.

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What is ‘F in the chat’?

“F in chat” is a slang commonly used by streamers and YouTubers like Tanmay Bhat, Pewdipie, among others, and was initially derived from the meme “Press F to pay respect”. Usually, this term expresses sorrow, compassion, or even mocking someone sarcastically because they have failed embarrassingly.

The usage of this term started from a 2014 video game “Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare”, which featured a quick time event reading “Press F to pay respect” that appeared as a part of a character’s funeral. This feature was highly criticised and mocked by streamers all over the world.

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The game that gave us this slang — Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

However, since then, the phrase has picked up popularity and is now a well-known internet term, so much so that even many non-gamers understand what it means right away.

Notable mention

On 26th August 2018, at approximately 1:30 pm a pro gamer known by the name of David Katz opened fire at the venue of a tournament for the game called Madden NFL 19 because he lost a game. 2 gamers lost their lives while 11 were left injured.

On 6th September 2018, a Twitch channel famous for streaming Madden held a memorial stream for those who lost their lives. The chat was flooded with F’s, and news channels called it a unique way of expressing sorrow within the Twitch community.

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