Nsfw

We explain what the NSFW acronyms mean, where they appear and what their function is. Also, examples of content categorizable as NSFW.

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The acronym NSFW indicates that the content must be watched in private.

What does NSFW mean?

In internet jargon, it is understood by NSFW (acronym for English Not Suitable for Workeither Not safe for work, that is, “Not appropriate for the office”) to all that content, whether visual, audiovisual or written, that would be inappropriate to expose to everyone’s sight in a formal environmentsuch as work, school or a family gathering. This is often because the content is controversial, violent, pornographic, or potentially offensive.

These acronyms are often used in the headers of web pages, forum posts or emails, as a warning, so that their content is not disclosed or openly consulted. Variants may also appear PNSFW (Possibly Not Safe for Work, that is, “Possibly not appropriate for the office”), when there is a margin of doubt regarding the content; O well LSFW (Less Safe for Work“Less appropriate for the office”) when it is less risky content, but may still be inappropriate.

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Examples of NSFW content

Examples of content that can be classified as NSFW are:

  • erotic material or pornographic.
  • bloody materialviolent or capable of hurting susceptibilities.
  • humorous material untraditional or at risk of being offensive.
  • confidential materialsecret or strictly personal that should not be consulted except in privacy.
  • Any other content whose disclosure or exposure may harm the person who receives it and consult it.
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References

  • “NSFW” on Wikipedia.
  • “What does NSFW mean?” in hypertext.
  • “NSFW (abbreviation)” in the Merrian-Webster Dictionary.