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Old 07-29-2000, 09:37 PM
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Hi there new person. Welcome aBoard!

This is the wonderful land of the Straight Dope Message Board ( SDMB ) Here are some of the abbreviations that we use here. Just for fun I organized them according to the forum where you might expect to find each one. Of course, some of these are so common that they are in all of the fora.


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The Fora ( Forums ):
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ATMB - About This Message Board (where you are right now)
CCC - Comments on Cecil's Columns
CMA - Comments on Mailbag Answers
GQ - General Questions
GD - Great Debates
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
MPSIMS - Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share
BBQ or the Pit - The BBQ Pit (flamers welcome!)
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ATMB:
FAQ -Frequently Asked Questions
OP - Original Post ( The post that starts a thread )
OT - Off Topic ( a hijack )
Sig. - Signature (the little quote people stick at the bottom of their posts)
Reg. - Regular visitor
Newbie - That's you
TM - Teeming Millions
UBB - Ultimate Bulletin Board ( old board software )
vB - vBulletin ( new board software )
Attn - Attention
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CCC:
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
LSHIPIMP - Laughing So Hard I Peed In My Pants
LSHIGRBUMN - Laughing So Hard I Got Root Beer Up My Nose (It happens)
ROTFLMAOSTSOOTC - ROFLMAO + Scaring The Shit Out Of The Cat.
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CMA:
IIRC - If I Recall Correctly or If I Remember Correctly
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
FWIW - For What It's Worth
IOW - In Other Words
IDL - International Date Line
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GQ:
WAG - Wild Ass Guess
SWAG - Scientific Wild Ass Guess
BP - Before Present
CE - Common Era
BCE - Before Common Era
IKOWBIDWTLSSIDA - I Kind Of Wondered But I Didn't Want To Look Stupid So I Didn't Ask.
GIGO - Garbage In, Garbage Out
HTML - Hypertext Markup Language
FTP - File Transfer Protocol or Fuck That Pal
ISP - Internet Service Provider
AOL - Almost OnLine
ASOL - America Sometimes OnLine ( IOW- just plain asshole )
SIEUI : Search Is Easy, Use It
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GD:
PC - Politically Correct / Personal Computer
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (meaning that things may be different in different circumstances)
NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard
GGD - Great God Debate (it'll last longer than cockroaches)
TANSTAAFL - There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch ( courtesy Robert Heilein )
DOMA - Defense of Marriage Act
TWIAVBP - The World Is A Very Big Place
DYPMTTUAYGA - Do You People Make These Things Up As You Go Along?
NATO - Not Able To Organize
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IMHO:
IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IM(R)HO - In My (Rarely) Humble Opinion
POV - Point Of View
IDIC - Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (live long and prosper, eh?)
BILC - Because It Looks Cool.
FMAIHP - Feel My Ass, It Has Powers
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MPSIMS:
3124 - This was WallyM7's final post count.
IRL - In Real Life
BTW - By The Way
D&R - Ducking and Running ( usually after a smartass comment )
GD&R - Grinning, Ducking and Running
MOLOSTER - MOst Last pOSTER ( a thread killer )
SSM - Same-Sex Marriage
DP - Domestic Partnership
FOAF - Friend Of A Friend
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
SWMBO - She Who Must Be Obeyed ( the wife )
TYP - Thank You Partner
TYA - Thank You All
TTYA - Thanks To You All
NORWICH - Nickers Off, Ready When I Come Home ( WW2 soldiers acronym )
MST3K - Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (sorry, had to include it)
SW-TPM - Star Wars - The Phantom Menace ( yes, below MST3K )
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BBQ:
DNFTT = Do Not Feed The Troll(s) ( don't let this be you )
WTF - What The Fuck?
LDS - Latter Day Saints ( Hell yes, pepper. I put the Mormons in the Pit )
WOMBAT - Waste Of Money, Brains And Talent
YOYO - You're On Your Own
PITA - Pain In The Ass.
POS - Piece Of Shit
TDA - Terminal Dumb Ass
HUA - Head Up Ass
PHD - Pop Has Dough
TANJ - There Ain't No Justice ( SciFi author, Larry Niven )
CYTWAB - Cute Young Thing With A Brain.
SNAFU - Situation Normal, All Fucked Up
TARFU - Things Are Really Fucked Up
FUBAR - Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition or Fucked Up Beyond All Repair
DFY- Dumb Fucking User
BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.
OTL - Out To Lunch
LOTH - Leaning Over Toilet, Hurling
BMDB - Bite Me Dough Boy (Drew Carey)
USSC - US Supreme Court ( the Supremes )
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Here are some of the other sites in the community:


3FMB - Fabulous Forums of Fathom Message Board ( OpalCat's Board )
TMHP - Teeming Millions HomePage ( also courtesy of OpalCat )
SDPP - Straight Dope People Pages ( courtesy of Shayna )
LBMB - The Left Behind Message Board ( leftbehind.com - if you don't know, don't ask)
UL - Urban Legends ( see snopes.com )

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I hope you find this useful. If you find more acromyms and abbreviations please post them here so we can share in your wisdom.
Anyways - Happy Posting
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Old 07-29-2000, 09:41 PM
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A must read for newbies. Myself included. I wish I'd seen that when I came on board.

"FMAIHP - Feel My Ass, It Has Powers"

Gotta love it. I can't wait to use it.
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Old 07-29-2000, 11:05 PM
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This is the third time this week we've had this same thread.


(There may be some duplicates with the above, but I'm tired of collecting them, just to have someone start a new thread, so I'll just quote myself.)
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Originally posted by Fanny May
Many are from this thread:
Molosters

moloster - For those of you who haven't seen the "thread killers" thread, a moloster derives from and is defined by the words MOst Last pOSTer.
UBB - the "old" bulletin board software
vB - the "new" bulletin board software
Sock - short for Sock Puppet, a extra screen name created by a poster, usually to support an argument.
newbie, oldbie, middlebie - relative number of posts on this board.
Troll - a regurlar poster or a sock puppet who disagrees with you. You must shout him down if you are a Troll Buster, another form of troll.
ATMB ~ About This Message Board
CCC ~ Comments on Cecil's Columns (sounded like a govt. dept.)
CMA ~ Comments on Mailbag Answers (sounded like hardware)
GQ ~ General Questions (It made no sense as the magazine)
GD ~ Great Debates (thought it was swearing)
IMHO ~ In My Humble Opinion (sounded like a non-board term)
MPSIMS ~ (still have no idea about this one)
BBQ or Pit ~ The BBQ Pit
And here's some local ones from this thread:

This is the forum Fanny May missed:
MPSIMS - Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share. For general chatter, great thoughts, etc.
DNFTTH - Do Not Feed The Troll Hunters either. They are both playing the same game of tag, to the detriment of the board.
AFK - Away From Keyboard
SWAG - Scientific Wild Ass Guess
and my own invention, UAFSE - Use A Search Engine, useful when people start threads asking what a troll is and whatnot.
This reminds me of RTFM, a customer support favorite ... Read The F*ing Manual.
Here's a new one. UTPF - Use the Preview Feature.
SIFEUI : Search Is Easy, Use It
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Old 07-29-2000, 11:45 PM
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Whoooops!


Sorry Fanny May,

I forgot to give credit to those posters that came up with these; including you.
Thank you all.

:: wonders if he should include sig... grins ruefully ::

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Old 07-30-2000, 04:22 PM
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See, 2sense? I'm reading it this time.

Quote:
GQ: [...] IKOWBIDWTLSSIDA - I Kind Of Wondered But I Didn't Want To Look Stupid So I Didn't Ask.
I made this up on the spur of the moment to be funny--are you telling me it's actually gone into general usage? (And the one time I used it was in a Pit thread, not GQ.)

I also used IWFAIDWP in that thread, which Commander Fortune correctly interpreted as I Will Feed Anybody I Damn Well Please. I bring this up mainly because I didn't get back to that thread before it was locked, so I couldn't post that he was right. If anybody sees the Commander, tell him I said so.

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GD: [...] TANSTAAFL - There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch ( courtesy Robert Heilein )
Just a typo, but he's one of my favorite writers, so I'm gonna correct it--the late, great Robert A. Heinlein.

Quote:
MPSIMS: [...] MOLOSTER - MOst Last pOSTER ( a thread killer )
I would just like to modestly (yeah, right) point out that I coined this term, which has actually gained a certain amount of usage on this board. Indeed, the Molosters thread was something of an attempt to jump on the bandwagon--"moloster" originally came from the Threadkillers thread.

To be accurate, a moloster is notsimply a thread killer (the last poster to a thread before it falls into complete oblivion). A moloster is one who does this intentionallyto manythreads (hence the "MOst" in its derivation), to gain the glory (such as it is) of being listed as the "Last pOSTER" on a whole bunch of dead threads. Not as effective as painting your name on the side of an Interstate bridge, maybe, but a lot easier.

(Why do I think anyone should care about all this? Hey, you gotta take your 15 minutes of fame wherever you can get it.)

From Fanny May (or at least from her post):

Quote:
Here's a new one. UTPF - Use the Preview Feature.
Let me second this one. In fact, let me third and fourth it, too. Entire posts that come out as quotes in underlined bold italics are distracting as hell, and it's easy enough to do. If you take a couple of seconds to hit preview, you can catch these things.

Here's one I don't see, so I'll make it up--SQTHFP = Stop Quoting The Whole Fucking Post. It's fine to quote the whole thing if you are actually replying to the whole thing, but a lot of people here take it too far.

Example: Say DumbAsARock wants to dispute a point I made in this post--he wants to claim that he coined the term "moloster." The best way to present this would be to quote the appropriate section and make his point, like so:

[example post]
MysterEcks said:

Quote:
I would just like to modestly (yeah, right) point out that I coined this term
I made this term up over a year ago on the Ignorant Wankers Message Board FakeWebsiteDon'tBother. MysterEcks is a plagerizing peabrained putz!
[/example post]

But some people here think they gotta quote the whole frigging post to make one or two points. This is distracting, detracts from the point you're trying to make, and (especially in GD and the Pit) makes for unnecessarily long posts.

Note that this is not aimed at newbies, except in the sense that I hope they don't adopt the style. There are folks of every registration era and post count who do this.

(Also note that I am by no means the first one to bring this point up--I'm just the first one in this thread. Like I said before, you gotta take your 15 minutes of fame wherever you can get it.)
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Old 07-30-2000, 04:34 PM
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This sin't an abbreviation, but it IS local usage


[hijack] = commenting on off-topic or tangential point
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[/hijack] = [sub]returning to main topic now
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Old 07-31-2000, 09:10 PM
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Sorry to disapoint you MR X, but many of these are just made up or obscure so you shouldn't expect to see them ofter or ever.
But I thank you for "MOLOSTER".
It is an elegant term.
If anyone else is responsible for some of these they can post here and I will personally thank them.

tshirts,

Good explanation of a "hijack".
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Old 08-01-2000, 08:00 PM
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Damn...I thought I was on my way to being famous or something.
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If anybody sees the Commander, tell him I said so.
These are enlightened times; I was under the impression that the good Commander is a woman.
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Old 08-03-2000, 01:16 AM
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I found this on 1 of the boards that spun off from the LDMB due to their current troubles:

WWJP - What Would Jesus Post?
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Old 08-03-2000, 02:21 AM
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Lux Fiat said:

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These are enlightened times; I was under the impression that the good Commander is a woman.
<MysterEcks hangs head in shame>

My deepest apologies, Commander, wherever you are.
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Old 08-27-2000, 10:06 AM
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NFBSK- Not For British School Kids.
( A warning that content may not be appropriate for everyone. )
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Old 08-27-2000, 11:43 AM
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Here's a group of terms for people who haunt the BBQ Pit:


Quote:
Originally posted by waterj2
I am one of those "Pitties" or whatever, and have been known to use search for Pit material.
Quote:
Originally posted by CnoteChris
So stick your righteous, arrogant, platform that people who research are automatically pit dwellers looking for dirt. There are other reasons.
Quote:
Originally posted by ¦:•)
The only people who "research" you are pit weasles, and I don't care if they have to work a little harder to slur people.
Quote:
Originally posted by BarnStormer
A quick check shows CnoteChris does seem to be one of the "Pities", but "pit weasle" is too pejorative.
Since there doesn't seem to be a consensus, I'm going to start suggesting possibilities

Pitsters
Pitiful
Pitiable
Pitiless
Pitizens
BBQ-ers
Skewer Crew
Coal Rakers
Pit Meisters
The Piteous
Pitted Prunes
And going a little farther down the dictionary page,
Pituitous (Containing, discharging, or resembling mucus)
Pit Vipers
Pityriasis
(flaky scales)
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Old 08-27-2000, 07:28 PM
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good idea


Thanks..i'm new and that info will be helpful




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ABS: Already Been Said (to be used when someone jumps in at the end of a thread and acts rudely.)

Sunch: Sucker Punch. Used in a friends' RPG campaign. Describes an argument/flame tactic that's meant to distract everyone else from the real issue (like if I were to make fun of someone else's poetry when people call me on some obnoxious behavior).

(sp?): Technically short for "spelling?", it means "I don't know if I spelled that right, but I think you should be able to figure it out." Put it in right after the mystery word.

ITAF: "Is That A Fact?" Used to refer to material of questionable inegrity. In other words, "Provide a cite". Speaking of which...

PAC: Provide A Cite.

Dogmament: I forget exactly where I found this, but it's used to refer to arguments about faith/religion, especially silly ones like "Which is better, Judaism or Buddhism?"

That's all I can think of for the time being.
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Oh, and to clarify Hi Yo Ag's question... I believe that most of the Pit's regulars prefer to be called "Pitizens" (at least, that's what Lynn and Alphagene call us from time to time). Things like "Pit Weasel" are usually used as derogatory terms (but now always).

And I want to add one more to my list...

Middies: Not newbies, not regs... people who know the mechanics of the board, but have yet to get to know a lot of people (made this one up myself).
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Old 08-28-2000, 09:08 AM
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IANAL = I am not a lawyer
Used when someone other than a lawyer is offering some kind of legal WAG.
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Old 08-29-2000, 02:13 AM
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If the Pit has Pitsters and the
Great Debates has Great Debaters, and the
Comments on Cecil's Columns has Teeming Millions

Then what are the people right here at ATMB?

Should we just re-structure the acronym as Atom Bees?
ATM Boardsters?
Test Junkies?
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Old 08-29-2000, 02:21 AM
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In My Humble Opinion could have The Opinionati.

Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share could have MP Stuffers.

Comments on Mailbag Answers could have Bagmen (bagpeople) or Teeming Hundreds of Thousands.

General Questions
could have G Questors.

Not there yet. Any suggestions?
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I had a little nip about an hour ago, and it went right to my head.
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You will always hear me singing this song: Show me the way to go home.
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Old 08-29-2000, 11:55 AM
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Thanks to all


My thanks to all!

Even though I'm a newbie SDMBer, I've been around the block a time or two. Most of the generic TLA's I know, but FWIW, I learned a few more. IIRC had me stumped the other day and now I find out what it means. Also the definition of [hijack][/hijack] helped.

I should link to this thread to refrain from getting the SIEUS post.

ATFATI

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Old 08-29-2000, 06:38 PM
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SPOOFE Bo Diddly said:

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Middies: Not newbies, not regs... people who know the mechanics of the board, but have yet to get to know a lot of people (made this one up myself).
That would be me, but I don't like the term--it sounds like I'm attending the Naval Academy. I prefer to think of myself as a NEWTAL. (Non-Entity Who Talks A Lot.)

Candlelight and wine said:

Quote:
Great Debates has Great Debaters
And eventually, if they stick around and argue enough, they can rise to the position of Master Debaters.
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Old 09-09-2000, 01:47 PM
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Bump - An indication that the only reason for a post is to bring the topic back to the top of the list.
This practice is not that common because it seems to be frowned upon by many posters.
I would certainly never do this.

:halo:
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Old 09-17-2000, 01:09 AM
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MysterEcks dropped this one on me in GD:

NARL

From context it is a civil rights organization but I don't know what it means.
( Other than another excuse to bump this. )
Anyone wanna let me in on the secret?
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Old 09-17-2000, 01:37 AM
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http://www.acronymfinder.com says it's

NARL Navy Arctic Research Laboratory

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Did he mean NARAL, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League?
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Old 09-17-2000, 05:41 PM
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Great site, Just Call Me Tech-Mex!
I think that Lux Fiat's theory sounds like a winner.

Thanks you 2.
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