About This Word

jfc

or JFC

[jey-ef-see]

What does jfc mean?

JFC (jfc) is a vulgar slang initialism that stands for “jesus fucking christ.” It’s usually used as an exasperated exclamation in times of frustration or for emotional emphasis in a variety of informal contexts, especially in digital communication.

Where does jfc come from?

The exact origin of the initialism jfc is unclear, but it has been used in online forums since at least the early 1990s and expanded with internet use and digital communication, first appearing on Urban Dictionary as early as 2003.

The profanity Jesus fucking Christ has been recorded as an exclamation for frustration, disgust, or anger since at least the 1920s. In the phrase, fucking acts as an intensifier to the blasphemous oath of Jesus Christ, forms of which date back to the 14th century.

JFC may further elaborate on the mild oath Jesus H. Christ, evidenced since at least 1887 (the H may derive from IHS, a Greek monogram for the central Christian figure).

Who uses jfc?

JFC is used widely and informally in digital contexts including social media, internet forums, comment sections, video-game chats, and text messages.

It can express, to both serious and playful effect, a variety of emotions, such as shock, anger, frustration, or a judgy amusement.

As an abbreviation, its vulgarity is lessened, even though it stands for a blasphemous profanity. Some may still consider the abbreviation offensive and disrespectful though.

For example

JFC! How many times are they going to explain to non-Philly people how to order a cheese steak?

@billburr, January 2018

We REACTED to the Tide Pod Challenge! DON’T EAT TIDE PODS OR YOU ARE DUMB BECAUSE IT IS VERY DANGEROUS JFC

@GameGrumps, January 2018

JFC. God, back in my WoW days our raids were just an excuse for a bunch of people who knew each other by voice to drink late in to the night and maybe accidentally accomplish something. It's just a goddam game, people.

naughtyrev, Fark, December 2017

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