And, really, it's the specific twists and turns of language that are hilarious. All emphasis added.
...North Carolina drivers whose license plates have the potentially offensive "WTF" letter combination can replace the tags for free. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday the state Division of Motor Vehicles has notified nearly 10,000 holders of license plates with the letter combination. Officials learned last year the common acronym stands for a vulgar phrase in e-mail and cell phone text messages.Learned last year? You're kidding me, right? This is news? ("It turns out there were two President Roosevelts...")
The DMV recently realized the same letters appeared on the sample license plate on its own Web site.Recently realized? How hard is this, really? Put the pièce de résistance is the next phrase:
Officials are trying to remove the plate from the site.Trying?
DMV officials got word of the plates last July when a 60-year-old technology teacher from Fayetteville complained about the plate after her teenage grandchildren clued her in.Ah, yes. Teenage grandchildren clue in, the grandmother complains. Shoulda known.
DMV officials said they try to keep up with the latest acronyms, and that anyone who has an issue with their plate can contact their local DMV office to request a new one.Ok, guys, here's a thought. Track down one of those teenage grandchildren, and pay them to make a list for you. Not really that hard. -- Or, if you really don't have the budget for that, there's this nifty site that might help you out.*
I mean, really. WTF?
* I have to admit that until writing this episode I was still using the apparently-outdated form "ROTFL" rather than "ROFL". But at least I thought to google it.