WTM is an online acronym, standing for multiple phrases, conveying multiple messages.
It may refer to the phrase “What’s The Move?” which is used for inquiring the next course of action.
A different meaning for the acronym may be “What’s The Matter?” which could be used in a caring way, but also in a hostile manner.
The third sense of “WTM” is “Whatever That Means” which is a cynical way of brushing off someone’s comment.
Origin of the term
The phrase comes from the early days of the internet, specifically from the end of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
It would appear on message boards and forums, such as Usenet and would be first uploaded to Urban Dictionary in 2003.
Spread of the term
During the 2000’s, the rise of SMS technology also contributed to the establishment of the acronym.
In the following decade, “WTM” would be frequently encountered on social media platforms, be it in posts, comments or private messages.