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Common forum abbreviations list

Discussion in 'Ask the Staff' started by Tevaras, May 25, 2013.

  1. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

    Found another abbreviation popping up now and again: HTH, for "hope this helps!"
  2. Tevaras

    Tevaras Minstrel

    Good evening Ireth,

    good to 'see' you online again, I hope the computer issues are well and truly sorted by now?

    Anyway, thank you for the addition, nice to see you remembered the thread :).

    Have a good Christmas and New year,

  3. Tevaras

    Tevaras Minstrel

    The abbreviations list to date (big thank you to all the contributors):
    WIP = Work In Progress
    NIP = Novel In Progress
    MC = Main Character
    POV = Point Of View
    FMC = Female Main Character
    GOT = Game of Thrones
    ASOIAF = A Song of Ice and Fire
    GRRM = George R.R. Martin
    LOTR = Lord of the Rings
    HP = Harry Potter
    UKL = Ursula K. Le Guin
    OP = Original poster (the person) or Original Post (the first post in the thread)
    WC = Word Count
    WOW = for World of Warcraft
    FP = first person
    SP = second person
    TP = third person
    MS = Manuscript or Mythic Scribes
    TINSTAAFL = There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
    TANSTAAFL = There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (grammatically incorrect)
    BD = Black Dragon
    HTH = Hope This Helps
  4. psychotick

    psychotick Auror


    Not to be sexist but why do we have a female main character (FMC)? And if we must specify main characters by gender why is there not a male main character? (Of course MMC is also Mitsubishi Motors Corp but I don't think anyone will mind.)

    To add to the list there's ROTF and ROTFLMAO (sometimes ROTFLMFAO) Rolling On The Floor Laughing My F***ing A**e Off!

    Cheers, Greg.
  5. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Troubadour

    what does IMO mean?
  6. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

    IMO = In My Opinion. Sometimes you'll also see IMHO = In My Honest Opinion
  7. psychotick

    psychotick Auror


    I thought it was In My Humble Opinion.

    Cheers, Greg.
  8. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Staff Leadership

    Not sexist, it's a valid question. It's the answer that has it's roots in ambient sexism, and it's awesomesauce that you even have to ask - that means things are looking up. A white male main character, as I'm sure many of us know, is seen as the default. Therefore we have terms such as Female Main Character and Person of Color (POC) to specify that we are not working with the default settings.
  9. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

    Woops, you're right.
  10. BWFoster78

    BWFoster78 Myth Weaver

    Can we refer to this list as the CFAL? :)
  11. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

    And there really should be a TLA for CFAL... maybe its TFC - Tla For Cfal...
    YMNF - Your mileage may vary [you might have a different opinion/experience]
    TL-DR - Too long - didn't read [often meant somewhat ironically at the end of a long post so you can just read the summary of their argument]
    and for authors I'd add
    JRRT - Daddy Tolkien
    PKD - Philip K Dick
    HPL - Howard Philip Lovecraft
    but I guess this list could be almost endless...
  12. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Staff Leadership

    You and Brian are both bent... just tossing that out there, FYI. ;)
  13. Caged Maiden

    Caged Maiden Staff Article Team

    Right, I've seen it listed FPOV for first person POV, and I think that's how I write it more often than not, rather than spelling it out. Otherwise, I'll say something like, "In a deep third limited POV, you get sentences like..." I would not advocate overusing acronyms and getting really confusing. We don't need it looking like a lonely hearts column. :)

    I'd also just like to mention a few abbreviations we use that have meanings too.

    Beta- Beta reader
    Crit- Critique
    fasterskating is a way of saying the author is writing details to please them self rather than considering the reader in the process.
  14. chrispenycate

    chrispenycate Sage

    :D and for those who're not as forum savvy I've copy/pasted a list of odd standards. Though I admit in my first forum I didn't even know what pm stood for until it was explained.

    AAMOF = As a matter of fact
    ASAP = As soon as possible
    AFAIK = As far as I know
    BEG = Big evil grin
    EOT = End of text
    FTL = faster than light
    FYI = for your information
    GEO = Geosynchronous Orbit (orbit with revolution period matching Earth's rotational period; in general, orbits with apogees and perigees between 30,000 and 40,000 km. Geostationary orbit = circular orbit with zero inclination irt equator -- most comm sats)
    GMTA = Great minds think alike
    HTH = Hope this helps
    IMAO = In my arrogant opinion
    IME = In my experience
    IMO = In my opinion
    IMHO = In my humble opinion
    IMNSHO = In my not so humble opinion
    KISS = Keep it simple, Stupid
    LEO = 1. Law enforcement officer, 2. Low-Earth orbit (apogees and perigees below 3000 km -- most satellites)
    MEGO = My Eyes Glaze Over. Informational overload, lost in jargon and/or technicalities.
    NIMBY = Not in my back yard
    OTL = Our timeline (vice alternate history timeline)
    OT = Off topic
    OTOH = On the other hand
    PC = 1. Personal computer (esp. IBM-based technology); 2. Political Correctness (a statist political and social philosophy demanding (usu. quota-based) equal outcome at the expense of equal opportunity, and the elimination of all "offense" and "inequality" for defined minorities at the expense of those not defined as minorities.
    PEBCAK = Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard
    POV = Point of View
    SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed. Spouse/SO. Sometimes meant ironically, sometimes jokingly, sometimes facetiously, sometimes seriously. From Rumpole of the Bailey (pos. orig. She by H. Rider Haggard)
    TAFITGFT = Tar And Feathering Is Too Good For Them
    TfHB = Tinfoil Hat Brigade
    TFIC = Tongue firmly in cheek
    TIA = Thanks In Advance
    YA = young adult (usually refers to books aimed at teenagers)
  15. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

    I'm not sure how many of those I've seen. But every time I look at this thread I think of at least one more.

    YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary. It means that people are going to disagree about how much a particular point is a good thing or a bad thing. People use all sorts of crazy abbreviations. YMMV about whether that's butchering the English language.

    And of course, Mod = Moderator

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