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Acronym dictionary?

29 Jul 00 - 06:22 AM (#267184)
Subject: Acronym dictionary?
From: Catrin

Am I the only one who gets puzzled and confused by all the acronyms?

Hears a couple I have worked out;-

LOL = laughing out loud
ROFLMAO = rolling on the flor laughing my a** off
ROFLMFAO = (work this one out)

Ta!

Catrin


29 Jul 00 - 07:39 AM (#267198)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,Sheila

I would love to know too, but was afraid to ask.


29 Jul 00 - 09:44 AM (#267241)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Noreen

You're only practising your line breaks!
I've only picked up a few, Catrin, being a
Newbie .....
IMO In My Opinion
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
BRB be right back
HTH hope this helps!

Noreen


29 Jul 00 - 09:54 AM (#267242)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Sorcha

BTW--by the way,
B4U--before you,
*BG* or BG--big grin
sg--smalal grin
Then there are keyboard emoticons:
:>) or :)==grin
;) == wink
:(== sad
etc.
There is a website somewhere with lots of both. I forget where..........it' early yet.


29 Jul 00 - 09:55 AM (#267243)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Mary in Kentucky

Here's some stuff at about.com. click here. Sorry I have to hurry now, there should be an acronym for Bye Now, Gotta Run.

Mary


29 Jul 00 - 10:27 AM (#267261)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Jeri

I've always liked the seldom used "IMEO" - in my exalted opinion.
Cute, but gets old quickly: aTdHvAaNnKcSe - thanks in advance.
IIRC - If I recall/remember correctly
FWIW - For what it's worth
AFAIK - As far as I know


29 Jul 00 - 10:50 AM (#267277)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: NH Dave

One source is http://www.acronymfinder.com/. This lets you search for actual meanings of common acronyms. Of course YMMV(Your mileage may vary.)

Dave


29 Jul 00 - 10:58 AM (#267281)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,Nynia

I know it's not PC in either sense but I always liked

SALT - Short Assed Little Twat

And we all know some of them.

:-)


29 Jul 00 - 11:29 AM (#267293)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Uncle_DaveO

IMNSHO = In My Not So Humble Opinion

Dave Oesterreich


29 Jul 00 - 12:00 PM (#267299)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: catspaw49

There are a few which are common to the 'Cat like the **BG** mentioned above. Its companion, **BSEG** adds "shit eating" in the middle. New folks may also notice references to "The Center" or "NYCFTTS." This is the Neil Young Center for the Terminally Screwed.

Spaw


29 Jul 00 - 03:39 PM (#267395)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: catspaw49

A few others on Mudcat-------

We use DT to a lot of folks and I suspect at time they may realize its a database, but its shorthand fot the "Digital Tradition" or DigiTrad. Seems like everone might know this, but I still thought it worth mentioning.

Many as you notice are used in the humorous end of things and another one of these is CRS or CRS syndrome, meaning, "Can't Remember Shit." First applied to Bert, but I doubt if he remembers........

Spaw


29 Jul 00 - 04:34 PM (#267426)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,Colwyn Dane

G'day

When letter writing was the main way to communicate I remember,during my service days, some of the acronyms which were used on the back of usually love letter envelopes:

Swalk
Boltop
China
Malta
etc;

Some innocuous and some very earthy.

Was this just an Anglo-Saxon act? Did it happen to you or did you ever actualise that potential?

Toodle-pip.


29 Jul 00 - 04:50 PM (#267436)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Sorcha

Well, if we're not just talking Internet/computer acronyms I have always liked:
M'FWIC--Motherf****r What In Charge and
SLJO--Shitty Little Jobs Officer


29 Jul 00 - 05:30 PM (#267453)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Catrin

Wow!

I never knew there were so many. Totally FUBAR by the response. And seeing as how I CRS, it will be quite a challenge for me to learn them!

TTFN

Catrin

BTW, Dave (TAM) I'm sure will be glad to know he's advertising himself at tenner a month!!

LOL


29 Jul 00 - 07:07 PM (#267507)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Gervase

Took me ages to catch on to net acronyms. For a long time I thought that ROTFLMAO was the onomatapoeic way of describing a combination of a mouthful of sweet tea and a wholemeal digestive being sprayed across a screen in a great explosion of guffaws.


29 Jul 00 - 07:10 PM (#267508)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Catrin

Gervase,

Perhaps that's something to do with the way language works. You 'heard' the word in context and worked out a meaning for it which is damn near equivalent to the 'real' meaning.

Catrin


29 Jul 00 - 07:27 PM (#267521)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: catspaw49

I just refreshed on that makes interesting reading for some of you wondering about the Jargon around here......from back in February, its called "Mudcat Jargon and Inside Jokes." Its got info and debates and discussion and argument....the usual Mudcat stuff. Enjoy.

Spaw


29 Jul 00 - 07:33 PM (#267523)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Noreen

ROTFLMFAO Gervase!


29 Jul 00 - 07:39 PM (#267528)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Gervase

Hey, Noreen,
Clean up that mess at once! Don't you know how hard it is to get sugar and crumbs out of the keyboard? :+}


29 Jul 00 - 07:59 PM (#267536)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Wincing Devil

I'm gonna report y'all to the ACO! (Acronym Control Officer)

Some of My Favorites:

  • TLA (Three Letter Acronym)
  • ETLA (Extended Three Letter Acronym)
  • RTFM (Read the fine manual)
  • RTFFAQ (Read the fine FAQ)
  • FAQ (Of Course, Frequently Asked Questions!)
  • RTFDT (Mudcat specific: Read the Fine DigiTrad!)

Wincing Devil
God's 2 greatest creations: Cats & Music


29 Jul 00 - 09:19 PM (#267573)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Sorcha

How about:
DYLITDT--Did You Look In The DT? or,
IITDT--It's In The DT, (that one seems real close to eejit)
IAITDT--It's ALREADY In the DT!!

ok, ok, i'll go away now.....


29 Jul 00 - 09:50 PM (#267593)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Escamillo

In the late 70's I was software support for DEC (Digital Equipment Corp.) in Venezuela. We were receiveing the visit of one of the main DEC gurus, and suddenly a serious error message appeared on screen. Among hex numbers and lots of acronyms, there was one who catched my attention: NFF. In less than a second I reacted and claimed loudly "Oh, no, it's again !!" - "What ?" inquired the guest . "No Fuckin' File." said I, staring at the screen with a very serious expression.
I still remember is face, and later his laughter attack.
One of our favorite ways to stupidly waste time with my sons, is the fast invention of a meaning for TV acronyms, for example:
HBO : High Bullshit Organization
TNT : To Not Think
CNN : Coño(*), No News (*:Spanish profanity)
Un abrazo - Andrés in NETD (Nothing Else To Do)


30 Jul 00 - 10:21 AM (#267843)
Subject: From Agent
From: Abby Sale

For what it's worth & because it's easy to copy, here's the list in Agent's help screen.

AFAIK As far as I know
AUORFA alt.usenet.offline.reader.forte-agent
<BG> Big Grin
BOFH Bastard Operator from Hell
<g> Grin
BRB Be right back
BTW By the way
CP Copy protection
FRE Frequently requested enhancement
FUBAR Fouled up beyond all recognition (or repair)
FWIW For what it's worth
FYI For your information
GD&WVVF Grinning, ducking, and walking very, very fast
GR&D Grinning, running, and ducking
IAE In any event
IANAL I am not a Lawyer
IMHO  In my humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IOW In other words
LOL Laughed out loud
LZ Loser!
OIC Oh, I see
OTOH On the other hand
PITA Pain in the A$$
PMJI Pardon my jumping in
PMFJI Pardon me for jumping in
ROFL Rolling on floor, laughing
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a$$ off
RSN Real soon now
RTFM Read the f@%# manual (or message)
SNAFU Situation normal, all fouled up
TIA Thanks in advance
TPTB The powers that be
TTFN Ta ta for now


30 Jul 00 - 04:04 PM (#268027)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Catrin

Wow!


30 Jul 00 - 04:37 PM (#268051)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: paddymac

Let's not overlook: "BCT" = Blue Clicky Thing; and "CNP" = Cut and Paste


30 Jul 00 - 04:51 PM (#268057)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: wysiwyg

Hardi thought IMHO said "I'm a Ho." (Why are all these people writing this, Susan, and why are you? What are you doing here exactly dear?)

Hated to burst that bubble!

I guess IMNSHO then is not, "In My Not So Humble Opinion," but rather "I Am Not Such a Ho."

Biskit taught us a new one. DENIAL, "Don't Even Notice I Am Lying."

~S~


30 Jul 00 - 07:33 PM (#268151)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: JenEllen

Amooooose dear, where are you?

When all else fails, make up an acronym. While everyone is running around trying to figure out what the hell you've said, you can get LOADS of work done....

JHTC is my fave.....along with Kendall's WOBF.....

~Elle


30 Jul 00 - 07:35 PM (#268153)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: JenEllen

WOB-H....(sorry).....don't need an acronym for THAT, just toss yer head back and yell...

~Elle


30 Jul 00 - 08:08 PM (#268183)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Mrrzy

FFTKAT (Fun Fact To Know And Tell) - known acronyms are read like words (speech proccessing ), not like three letters.


28 Sep 00 - 09:47 AM (#307278)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Robby

Noreen was kind enough to link me to this thread. Although I'm a JCL (Johnny come lately) and FWIW, here are a few more:

:-/ = indifference :-(O) = shouting :-* = puckered lips (a kiss) @}->-->--> = a rose offered to someone ::::::::[} = a pie in the face [] = a hug {{{{Person's name}}}} = a more intimate hug

So, while GMTA (Great Minds Think Alike), the next time I receive a message that someone is LOL, I'll have to wonder if they are Laughing Out Loud, or sending me Lots Of Love.


28 Sep 00 - 08:25 PM (#307786)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: rabbitrunning

I remember one of the envelope acronyms mentioned above, but I don't know what the rest of them are. Anyone?

SWAK was Sealed With A Kiss.


29 Sep 00 - 06:24 AM (#308045)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Noreen

SWALK= Sealed with a loving kiss

I've not heard of the others mentioned above, but I've always liked
NORWICH.

Noreen


29 Sep 00 - 06:53 AM (#308049)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Micca

and of course there is DILLIGAS,
" do I look like I give a S**t?"


29 Sep 00 - 08:09 AM (#308073)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Steve Parkes

I hate to get all pedantic about this, when everyone's having such a good time, but it's only an acronym if you can pronounce it - otherwise it's an abbreviation. And that's not just IMHO!

Steve (less FUMTU 'cos it's POETS day)


29 Sep 00 - 08:24 AM (#308084)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Catrin

For those of you who don't know -

NORWICH = 'nickers off ready when I come home


29 Sep 00 - 10:36 AM (#308152)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: jeffp

WOMBAT - Waste of money, brains, and time
FYIGMO - F*ck you, I've got my orders
WHOGABRA - Who gives a big rat's ass?

jeffp


21 Nov 00 - 06:51 AM (#344373)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Catrin

Refreshing this for the newbies.....


21 Nov 00 - 07:35 AM (#344388)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,John in Brisbane

FIIK - F... If I Know BOHICA (which I see is a brand of kids clothing) was always Bend Over Here It Comes Again


02 Mar 01 - 06:44 AM (#409383)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Noreen

R


02 Mar 01 - 06:54 AM (#409387)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Noreen

I still love Gervase's interpretation of ROTFLMFAO!


02 Mar 01 - 07:21 AM (#409393)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Wolfgang

Steve Parkes says that an acronym has to be pronounceable, otherwise it is an abbreviation. I had thought so too, but then I found today in a website on acronyms this definition:
Definitions: Please note that so far as this database is concerned, an acronym is any string of characters formed from the initial letters of several words (or occasionally from other letters), regardless of whether the result is pronounceable or not.

This is different from the popular — and in my view, mistaken — belief common in the USA (and even used by several dictionary definitions) that an acronym is a `word' which has to be pronounceable.

This definition is backed up by the only dictionary I had in hand.

Two questions: (1) Is it true?
(2) Is there a name for pronounceable acronyms?

Wolfgang


02 Mar 01 - 10:54 AM (#409537)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Uncle_DaveO

Wolfgang:

The key words in the quote you gave are "as far as this database is concerned", which I think grows out of the operating convenience of the database designer(s).

As I understand it, there are three classes of what I'll call short forms:

Abbreviationsare short forms of words or phrases, normally in lower case letters (except sometimes an initial capital), followed by a period. Thus etc. and Mr. and so forth.

INITIALISMA group of letters reflecting a phrase, formed from the initial letters of the phrase, which group is NOT pronounced as a word. It is written in all caps, and is not followed with a period. Like IRS, USA, and here at Mudcat, DT.

. ACRONYMA group of letters formed like an acronym, but pronounced as a word, such as NASA, for instance.

Dave Oesterreich


02 Mar 01 - 11:11 AM (#409554)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Wolfgang

Thanks, Dave,
you restore my former conviction. The word initialism was new to me.

Wolfgang


02 Mar 01 - 05:16 PM (#409812)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Mr Red

GUEST,Colwyn Dane what about these war time hidden messages- the countries were eventually banned by the military in case it looked like (or was) classified.

ITALY I trust and love you (no not you personally)

EGYPT Eager to grasp your petty tits

SWALCAKWS - sealed with a lick 'cos a kiss won't stick.

but what does CHINA do? & MALTA

Abbey Sale - that's the politest version of SNAFU I have seen for ages.

Finally - At my first real job we dubbed a filter a "Computing Unit for Nullifying Trantients". AND the perfectly genuine "Adjacent Range Sensitivity Equalizer" had to be reduced to "Range Sensitivity Equalizer"


02 Mar 01 - 05:55 PM (#409833)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,treaties1

BOLTOP = Better on lips than on paper


02 Mar 01 - 06:39 PM (#409864)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Spud Murphy

Whatever happened to ROTFS?

or, ROTFWS?

Spud


02 Mar 01 - 06:49 PM (#409875)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Katcina

I started here about 2 hours ago and just quit the searches that Mary's post led me to. Each leads to another and another. Found some interesting stuff about much more than acronyms just by following the next lead.
Waste of a good afternoon? I think not since I have learned so much in the process. Besides, There's still about 4 feet of snow waiting to melt before afternoons will really be good for much else.
Thanks Mary


03 Mar 01 - 01:12 PM (#410283)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Zebedee

From www.netlingo.com

2B or not 2BTo Be Or Not To Be
4everForever
A/S/LAge/Sex/Location
AFAICAs Far As I'm Concerned
AFAIKAs Far As I Know
AFKAway From Keyboard
AIAMUAnd I'm A Monkey's Uncle
AISIAs I See It
AKAAlso Known As
AMBWAll My Best Wishes
ANFAWFOWSAnd Now For A Word Word From Our Web Sponsor
AOTSAll Of The Sudden
ASAFPAs Soon As "Friggin" Possible
ASAPAs Soon As Possible
ATSTAt The Same Time
AWGTHTGTTAAre We Going To Have To Go Through This Again
AWGTHTGTTSAAre We Going To Have To Go Through This Sh** Again
AYSOSAre You Stupid Or Something
B4Before
B4NBye For Now
BBFBBMBody By Fisher, Brains by Mattel
BBIABBe Back In A Bit
BBIAFBe Back In A Few
BBLBe Back Later
BBNBye Bye Now
BCNUBe Seein' You
BFDBig F***ing Deal
BFNBye For Now
BHOFBald Headed Old Fart
BIFBasis In Fact
BITDBack In The Day
BMByte Me
BMOTAByte Me On The Ass
BNFBig Name Fan
BOHICABend Over Here It Comes Again
BRBathroom
BRBBe Right Back
BRTBe Right There
BSBig Smile
BTByte This
BTDTBeen There Done That
BTSOOMBeats The Sh** Out Of Me
BTWBy The Way
BTWBOBe There With Bells On
BWDIKBut What Do I Know?
BWOBlack, White or Other
CIAOGoodbye (in Italian)
CIDConsider It Done
CIOCheck It Out
CISCompuServe Information Service
CMFCount My Fingers
Cof$Church of Scientology
CRAFTCan't Remember a F***ing Thing
CRAWSCan't Remember Anything Worth A Sh**
CSLCan't Stop Laughing
CTCChoaking The Chicken
CUL8RSee You Later
CWYLChat With You Later
CYACover Your Ass
CYLSee You Later
DBEYRDon't Believe Everything You Read
DDDue Diligence
DDDDirect Distance Dial
DETIDon't Even Think It
DGTDon't Go There
DHYBDon't Hold Your Breath
DILLIGADDo I Look Like I Give A Damn
DILLIGASDo I Look Like I Give A Sh**
DKDCDon't Know Don't Care
DLTMDon't Lie To Me
DQYDJDon't Quit You're Day Job
DRIBDon't Read If Busy
DYSTSOTTDid You See The Size Of That Thing
EGEvil Grin
EOMEnd Of Message
ESOEquipment Smarter than Operator
F2FFace-to-Face
FBKSFailure Between Keyboard and Seat
FEFatal Error
FF&PNFresh Fields and Pastures New
FOF*** Off
FOAFFriend Of A Friend
FTASBFaster Than A Speeding Bullet
FTLFaster Than Light
FTTBFor The Time Being
FUBARF***ed Up Beyond All Recognition
FUBBF***ed Up Beyond Belief
FUD(Spreading) Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation
FWIWFor What It's Worth
FYAFor Your Amusement
FYIFor Your Information
FYMFor Your Misinformation
GALGet A Life
GGGood Game or Gotta Go
GIGOGarbage In, Garbage Out
GIWISTGee, I Wish I'd Said That
GLGood Luck
GLYASDIGod Loves You And So Do I
GMTAGreat Minds Think Alike
GNBLFYGot Nothing But Love For You
GR&DGrinning Running And Ducking
GR8Great
GRRRR"Growling"
GSOASGo Sit On A Snake
GTGGot To Go
GTGBGot To Go, Bye
GTGPGot To Go Pee
GTHGo To Hell
GTSYGlad To See Ya
GYPOGet Your Pants Off
HAGOHave A Good One
HAKHugs And Kisses
HBHurry Back
HDHold
HHO1/2KHa Ha, Only Half Kidding
HHOKHa Ha, Only Kidding
HIOOCHelp! I'm Out of Coffee
HTHHope This (That) Helps
HUAHeads Up Ace
HUYAHead Up Your A**
IACIn Any Case
IAEIn Any Event
IANACI Am Not A Crook
IANALI Am Not A Lawyer
IBTIn Between Technology
IBTDI Beg To Differ
ICIn Character
IDGAFI Don't Give A F***
IDGII Don't Get It
IDKI Don't Know
IDKYI Don't Know You
IDSTI Didn't Say That
IDTSI Don't Think So
IFABI Found A Bug
IFUI F***ed Up
IGGPI Gotta Go Pee
IIIOIntel Inside, Idiot Outside
IIMADIf It Makes An(y) Difference
IIRCIf I Remember Correctly
IIWMIf It Were Me
ILICISCOMKI Laughed, I Cried, I Spat/Spilt Coffee/Crumbs/Coke On My Keyboard
ILYI Love You
IMHOIn My Humble Opinion
IMNSHOIn My Not So Humble Opinion
IMOIn My Opinion
INMPIt's Not My Problem
INPOIn No Particular Order
IOHI'm Outta Here
IOWIn Other Words
IRLIn Real Life
ISSI Said So
ITMIn The Money
IYKWIMIf You Know What I Mean
IYSSIf You Say So
J/CJust Checking
J/KJust Kidding!
J/WJust Wondering
JAFOJust Another F***ing Onlooker
KFYKiss For You
KISSKeep It Simple Stupid
KITKeep In Touch
KMAKiss My Ass
KWIMKnow What I Mean
KYPOKeep Your Pants On
L8RLater
LDLong Distance
LDTTWALet's Do The Time Warp Again
LLTALots And Lots Of Thunderous Applause
LMAOLaughing My Ass Off
LMKLet Me Know
LOLLaughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Luck (or Love)
LTICLaughing 'Til I Cry
LTNSLong Time No See
LYLLove Ya Lots
LYLASLove You Like A Sister
MHOTYMy Hat's Off To You
MMMarket Maker
MorFMale or Female?
MOTDMessage Of The Day
MOTSSMembers Of The Same Sex
MTFBWYMay The Force Be With You
MWBRLMore Will Be Revealed Later
MYOBMind Your Own Business
NAKNursing At Keyboard
NAZName, Address, Zip (also means Nasdaq)
NBDNo Big Deal
NBIFNo Basis In Fact
NFINo F***ing Idea
NFWNo F***ing Way
NGNew Game
NIFOCNude In Front Of The Computer
NMNever Mind
NMPNot My Problem
NOYBNone Of Your Business
NPNo Problem
NQOCDNot Quite Our Class Dear
NRGEnergy
NRNNo Reply Necessary
NYCFSNew York City Finger Saluet
OAUSOn An Unrelated Subject
OBTWOh By The Way
OICOh, I see
OMDBOver My Dead Body
OMGOh My Gosh
OMIKOpen Mouth, Insert Keyboard
ONNAOh No, Not Again
OOCOut Of Character
OOTBOut Of The Box -or- Out Of The Blue
OTOff Topic
OTOHOn the Other Hand
OWTTEOr Words To That Effect
OZstands for "Australia"
PEBCAKProblem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
PIMPPeeing In My Pants
PITAPain In The Ass
PLSPlease
PMFJIPardon Me For Jumping In
POPiss Off
POVPoint of View
RBTLRead Between The Lines
RLReal Life
RLFReal Life Friend
RMLBRead My Lips Baby
RMMMRead My Mail Man!
RNRight Now!
ROTFLRolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTFLMAORolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off
ROTMRight On The Money
RSNReal Soon Now
RTFMRead The F***ing Manual
RTKReturn To Keyboard
RTMRead The Manual
RUAre You?
SBTASorry, Being Thick Again
SHSh** Happens
SITDStill In The Dark
SNAFUSituation Normal, All F***ed Up
SOLSh** Out of Luck
SorGStraight or Gay?
SSDDSame Sh** Different Day
STFUShut The F*** Up
STMSpank The Monkey
STYSSpeak To You Soon
SUYFShut Up You Fool
SWAGScientific Wild Ass Guess
SWAKSent (or Sealed) With A Kiss
SWDYTSo What Do You Think?
TAHTake A Hike
TANSTAAFLThere Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TARFUThings Are Really F***ed Up
TDTMTalk Dirty To Me
TEOTWAWKIThe End Of The World As We Know It
TFNThanks For Nothin'
THX or TX or THKSThanks
TIAThanks In Advance
TIAILThink I Am In Love
TICTongue In Cheek
TLAThree Letter Acronym
TLGOThe List Goes On
TMTrust Me
TMIToo Much Information
TMTOWTDIThere's More Than One Way To Do It
TPTBThe Powers That Be
TSRTotally Stuck in RAM
TTFNTa Ta For Now
TTTThat's The Ticket -or- To The Top
TTYLTalk To You Later
TWHABThis Won't Hurt A Bit
TYThank You
TYVMThank You Very Much
unPCunPolitically Correct
URYY4MYou Are Too Wise For Me
VFMValue For Money
WAGWild Ass Guess
WAIWhat An Idiot
WBWelcome Back
WCAWho Cares Anyway
WDYSWhat Did You Say?
WDYTWhat Do You Think?
WEWhatever
WEGWicked Evil Grin
WGWicked Grin
WGAFFWho Gives A Flying F***
WIIFMWhat's In It For Me?
WITWordsmith In Training
WITFITSWhat in the F*** is this Sh**
WOGWise Old Guy
WRTWith Regard To
WTFWhat The F***
WTGWay To Go!
WTSDSWhere The Sun Don't Shine
WYPWhat's Your Problem?
WYRNWhat's Your Real Name?
WYSWhatever You Say
WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get
WYTWhatever You Think
YAYet Another
YA yayaYet Another Ya-Ya (as in yo-yo)
YAFIYGIYou Asked For It You Got It
YDKMYou Don't Know Me
YGBKYou Gotta Be Kiddin'
YMMVYour Mileage May Vary
YNKYou Never Know
YOYOYou're On Your Own
YRYeah Right
YSYDYeah, Sure You Do
YTTTYou Telling The Truth?
YYSSWYeah Yeah Sure Sure Whatever

Ed


11 Mar 01 - 12:22 PM (#415220)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: gnu

Just picked this one up from a buddette :

BITCH

B - BABE I - IN T - TOTAL C - CONTROL of H - HERSELF

I guess it's too late to explain myself to the X.

gnu


03 Jul 01 - 12:56 PM (#497604)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: DaveJ

gnu,

I had heard that it was---

Being
In
Total
Control of
Herself

I think one of the songs from one of my SAFFIRE CDs uses this.
Also, no one added ROTFLMAOAPMP---Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off And Peeing My Pants.
Someone posted that one to a list when I was on BLUES-L.

DaveJ


03 Jul 01 - 04:12 PM (#497751)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Amos

We also use PWO of late arounde here-- for Pants-Wetting Opportunity -- thanks to Sorcha The Malevolent!!!


04 Jul 01 - 01:52 AM (#498036)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Crazy Eddie

Dave O, Call me a pedant ("You're a pedant"), but there is at least one more short-form: the portmanteau word.

Take the first part of one word, and the last part of another, stick them together to form a new word.

"Motorists Hotel" shortened to MOTEL.


04 Jul 01 - 03:58 AM (#498070)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Ralphie

I'd just like to mention one of my faves, often to be found at the bottom of doctors notes in hospitals in East Anglia (UK)... NFN......Normal for Norfolk Regards Ralphie


05 Jul 01 - 02:28 AM (#498732)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: wysiwyg

Hey, BG, that PWO thing is mine! If my bes/bud's using it, she got it from me!

Along with the seldom used anymore:

} : ~ *>) kiss on the cheek

This ought to be clickable from the FAQ. O'biviously.

~S~


05 Jul 01 - 03:25 AM (#498744)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: pavane

Airlines have a set all of their own, for the various competitors etc. Examples include SABENA (Such A Bloody Experience Never Again, and BCA (British Caledonian Airways) = Best C**t Aloft. But I don't suppose you really wanted to know that.


05 Jul 01 - 10:59 PM (#499493)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: BlueJay

I'm surprised no one has mentioned ROTFLMAOWLSOOMN.
Rolling on the floor, laughing my ass of with lunch spewing out of my nose!


06 Jul 01 - 04:10 AM (#499580)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Ralphie

Not to mention TV systems
USA.....NTSC (Never Twice the Same Color)
USSR/Europe....SECAM (System Essentially Contrary to the American Method)
UK......PAL (Prolongs Active Life)
Sorry..a bit techie that!
Ralphie


06 Jul 01 - 03:56 PM (#500074)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: YOR

I thought I knew what most of them were!

Until this thread came along.

I always thought LOL was 'Love it or Leave It'.

IMH-SA-O 'Stubborn Assed' or 'Sorry Assed'.

Roy


06 Jul 01 - 04:07 PM (#500086)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: MMario

And I just notice that one of the most frquent MudCat usages isn't listed here.

PM = Personal Message ~ not available unless you are a memeber - but highly useful.


11 Oct 01 - 04:56 PM (#570043)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Crane Driver

Personally, I'm a member of CRAPA - Committed Resistance Against Preposterous Acronyms.

Don't suppose it will catch on though


11 Oct 01 - 06:40 PM (#570107)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)

An acronym is a word is a word is a word, to paraphrase Edith Sitwell. Netlingo is the bin into which much of what has been posted here should be consigned. Snafu is an acronym. ROFLMAO is NOT but ROFALMAO is. Crane Driver, sign me up as a charter member of CRAPA.


11 Oct 01 - 06:56 PM (#570118)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: catspaw49

Geez dicho....Not enough grit in your oatmeal? I mean Oxford defines it as an abbreviation consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something, pronounced as a word. Okay, so I'll pronounce it Roflumayo. (:<))

You're right though, technically an acronym should come out as a word the same way that pedantic & old & fart are all words!!!

Spaw


11 Oct 01 - 07:52 PM (#570151)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: wysiwyg

Gimme the roffle but hold the mayo, please.

~S~


12 Oct 01 - 07:54 AM (#570405)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,Firecat

Actually, according to my friend's keyring, BITCH stands for
Being
In
Total
ControlHim


12 Oct 01 - 08:17 AM (#570409)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Wolfgang

Hmm, if pronounceability is the defining feature (or better whether it is actually pronounced as a word) then that would make
SKRZ
an abbreviation nearly everywhere and an acronym in Serbia and Croatia.

Wolfgang


12 Oct 01 - 09:28 PM (#570957)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Paul from Hull

Wolfgang.......*ROTFLMBO*

Apparently another 'Wartime' one, that hasnt been mentioned so far was 'BURMA' -

Be

Upstairs

Ready

My

Angel


23 Feb 02 - 09:49 AM (#656029)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: catspaw49

Refresh for greg Stephens

Spaw


23 Feb 02 - 10:06 AM (#656040)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST

You're a mean bastard sometimes, Pat


08 May 02 - 09:10 AM (#706635)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Mr Happy

i keep seeing references to the neil young center for the permanently screwed

what is this place? is it real or virtual?


08 May 02 - 10:15 PM (#707117)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Edmund

In WWll we were subjected to a class on aircraft identification .. kinda funny as we were going through basic training in the horse cavalry at the time .. (yes I DO mean HORSE) ..
The instructor advised us that we were learning the WEFT system ... wings .. engine .. fuselage .. and tail
It didn't take long for us to decide that it really should be ... wrong.. every .. fucking .. time
Edmund


09 May 02 - 05:51 AM (#707268)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Nigel Parsons

Ralphie: PAL; Prolongs active life.
This doesn't belong with SECAM & NTSC. The PAL referred to was the advertising slogan of the dog food of that name!


09 May 02 - 07:10 AM (#707288)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,Mr Red

Happiness
If you can't read the signs maybe that's 'cos you are on the inside already!!!


22 May 02 - 08:44 AM (#715239)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Mr Happy

do you have to be an insider [in cider?] to know this?


22 May 02 - 11:18 AM (#715362)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Nigel Parsons

Paul from Hull:
BURMA = Be Undressed and Ready My Angel:

Mr Red: CHINA = Come Home, I need Affection


24 May 02 - 12:31 AM (#716550)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Art Thieme

How does ORD translate to "Chicago's Ohare Field" ???

Airport disignations seem out of left field or something.

Art Thieme


24 May 02 - 11:11 AM (#716755)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: DaveJ

Art,

My understanding of the Ohare Field's designation as "ORD" came at the time of it's building. The area that it was built on use to be an apple ORCHARD.

DaveJ


18 Feb 03 - 08:54 PM (#893213)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Burke

Refresh, I've seen 2 question about acronymns recently.


18 Feb 03 - 09:20 PM (#893229)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Uncle_DaveO

Those are not acronyms; they are initialisms.

An acronym is pronounced as a word, like NASA.

An initialism is pronounced as the individual letters, like USA, IRS, and LOL. I don't know what the proper name is for collections of initials which are not done either way, like LMFAO.

Dave Oesterreich


18 Feb 03 - 09:43 PM (#893239)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Cluin

How about GOAGSFFAA?


18 Feb 03 - 09:44 PM (#893240)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Cluin

(Go Outside And Get Some Fucking Fresh Air Already)

;)


18 Feb 03 - 09:55 PM (#893250)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Burke

I stand corrected.

How do people read LMFAO, or more politely LOL? If I really read them as if they were spelled out, I guess they'd be abbreviations. Just kind of weird ones. (see your previous message) Here's the OED's definition of Abbreviation: A shortened form of a spoken word, or written symbol; a part of a word or symbol standing for the whole.

What do you call MMM, which was always called 3M & finally changed it's name?


18 Feb 03 - 10:47 PM (#893272)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Bee-dubya-ell

JenEllen mentioned "WOBH" in passing way back at the beginning of this thread, but its meaning was never revealed. It's used far too commonly around here to not be on this list.

WOBH - Whale Oil Beef Hooked! (Say it real fast)

As in:

MRfish!
M8n't.
SMR! CDEDBD1s?
Whale Oil Beef Hooked! MRfish!

And, as to whether it's an acronym, an initialism, or just a bunch of letters: WGAFF?

Bruce


18 Feb 03 - 10:51 PM (#893274)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Amos

:O:!!

MR mice!
MR not!
OSAR2--CDEDBD feet?
OMR mice!

A


19 Feb 03 - 02:30 AM (#893282)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Cluin

M R Ducks
M R Nott
M R 2 Cedar Wings
Whale Oil Beef Hooked! M R Ducks A?


19 Feb 03 - 04:30 AM (#893322)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Steve Parkes

In my part of England it ends like this (probably works for Scousers too):

DARD?
RDR!
etc.

Glossary:
D = "Day" (BlackCountry) or "Dee" (Liverpool)
A = A[in't]
R = (1) are, (2) Arr, as in "Ooh arr" [Oh Aye]

Life gets complicated, don't it?

Steve


19 Feb 03 - 10:49 AM (#893408)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: JennyO

Of course you've heard of CRAFT disease (can't remember a fuckin' thing)


19 Feb 03 - 03:40 PM (#893691)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Burke

Jenny, I usually use CRS syndrome. Can't Remember Shit!


19 Feb 03 - 09:29 PM (#893963)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: JennyO

Then there's old-timer's disease and "having a senior moment", but they don't belong here.

CRAFT or CRS (thanks Burke) will do me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! ;-)

I've also heard people tuning their guitars say TSAR (that sounds about right).

Jenny


13 Nov 03 - 03:37 PM (#1053278)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Joe Offer

OK, so what's a BLOG? I take it that it's some sort of biography or curriculum vitae or personal Web page, but I think I'm missing some of the implications of this word.

Please explain, so I can understand when my children talk. It may help me understand Clinton better, too...

-Joe Offer-


13 Nov 03 - 04:33 PM (#1053303)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Stilly River Sage

Web Log run together as "Blog"

a personal journal written out there where anyone in the world can read it.

Blogarama is a directory, as is Blogwise.

SRS (mother of a teenaged daughter-blogger)


13 Nov 03 - 05:08 PM (#1053326)
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: NightWing

And, in the Web world, all of these are referred to as TLAs (Three-Letter Acronyms), even though many of them are, as pointed out here, not truly acronyms and, more obviously, many of them do not have three letters.

As a Help Desk professional, my favorite TLA remains IBWBIBWA: I've Been Wrong Before; I'll Be Wrong Again.

BB,

NightWing