Examples of DW
Examples of DW
Where does DW come from?
If you’re German, you’ll know DW as Deutsche Welle, which is like German’s version of BBC or NPR. But dw, we won’t bore you with that.
As with many other internet acronyms, it’s hard to pin down exactly when DW emerges as short for don’t worry, but it’s likely in the 1990s with the rise of internet forums and text-messaging.
if i havent followed u back im probably asleep so dw
— 𝐤𝐢𝐫𝐚 ♡ (@eeveegrandes) January 22, 2019
Don’t worry is a fairly common stock phrase in the English language. Given its relative commonness, it’s easy to imagine why digital communicators wanted to save time and space with a DW shorthand.
Dw, we young, we finna make mistakes.
— J1 (@j1nothinelse) January 21, 2019
The character DW from the children’s 1990–2000s series Arthur also deserves a mention. Short for Dora Winifred, DW is the title aardvark’s overly dramatic but loving younger sister. She often revels in getting her brother in trouble. Perhaps it is her expressive personality that has made her character such prolific meme fodder in the 2000s.
Who uses DW?
Wherever you may use the versatile don’t worry in speech or writing, you can use DW to convey the same meaning.
my sister when she got in an accident yesterday w my baby cousins on the four wheeler… dw they’re fine now, sorta pic.twitter.com/2WlEkiJLzR
— Carla Sanchez (@carlasanchezh) January 22, 2019
It’s considered informal, though, and doesn’t have as widespread recognition as other internet acronyms such as OMG.
lol everything's cool dw 💞
— ghøst (@sp7dey) September 26, 2018
It can be issued as a genuine way to allay concerns.
I’m sorry I’m still here dw x
— Alexandria (@AH_XCIII) October 2, 2018
It can also be used more ironically, a way to say “stay out of my business.”
dw about who I fuck with cause it ain't you
— aidan (@bizzlsex) August 22, 2018