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Old 04.01.2012, 13:08
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Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

EF - English Forum - founded by Mark
OP - original poster - the person who started the relevant Thread
PM - Private Message - see here for more info
Mods - Moderators who try to keep the forum neat and tidy
Admin - Administrators who have more power to try to keep the forum neat and tidy
Spam Deputies - Guys and Gals who help to keep an eye open for new spammers and ban them, removing their posts.
CH - Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica = Switzerland
DACH - Deutschland (Germany), Austria, Switzerland - (abbreviations for the countries as shown on cars! basically the German speaking countries)


Acronyms - many of these are used in Internet Forums generally. They are frowned on a bit on EF as they make texts difficult to comprehend for newcomers to Forums and non-native English speakers, but they are obviously here to stay, so let's have 'em rolling in.

AFAIK - as far as I know
BIL - brother in law
BTW - by the way (as an afterthought)
DIY - do it yourself; carpentry, painting, wallpapering etc. done oneself instead of paying someone else to do it.
EFer - member of the English Forum
FTFY - fixed that for you; often used when a poster actually alters a quote - usually bold to make it clear where the alteration has been done.
GTTFSI - great thread, thanks for starting it.
HTH - hope this helps
IANAL - I am not a lawyer
IIRC - if I recall correctly
IMHO - In My Honest Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IRL - in real life (as opposed to the world of the internet)
LOL -laughing out loud (used to mean lots of love which isn't quite the same thing!)
MIL - mother in law
OH - other half (partner, fiancée, fiancé, wife, husband)
ONO - or nearest offer (in advertisements. Giving a price is compulsory on EF but this enables members to offer a sum slightly below the given one)
ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing
SIL - sister in law / son in law
SOH - Swiss other half (Swiss partner)
TLA - three letter acronym


ROT - really off topic (on EF this was a section created in 2008 visible to only a very limited number of membes. The idea behind it was to separate the fluffeh posts from the critical members. It seemed like a good idea at the time.)
fluffeh -
rep - reputation. More info here
Blobbies/green/red - show reputation level

I would prefer that this variety were not used, but they all too regularly are. Check them out in the link above.
WTF - often used as an expression of surprise at otherwise painfully obvious threads.
HTFU
STFU
OMG
Unusual and original definitions - The Urban Dictionary.
Explanations of signs, buttons and links around posts
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Old 04.01.2012, 13:12
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

User Names of members often referred to by intitials only:
DB = Dougal's Breakfast
GG = grumpygrapefruit - also known as 'Grumpy', 'Mike' or the 'Cheese Man'
LiB = Lost_inbroad
MN = MathNut
SC = Swiss Cheddar
UM = Uncle Max
UTH = Upthehatters2008
VI = Village Idiot


Any more of these, folks? Add post to the end of thread. I'll keep an eye open for them.

Please add posts with relevant info. Only EF connected abbreviations please. Off Topic posts will be deleted as will this post as soon as we have the info we need.

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Old 04.01.2012, 13:14
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Honest Opinion

(these two took me by surprise, I learnt them here)
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Old 04.01.2012, 13:16
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

WTF -- TLA often used as an expression of surprise at otherwise painfully obvious threads.


TLA -- three letter acronym
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Old 04.01.2012, 13:40
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

Is this meant to be EF-specific abbreviations??

If not you'd need to post all TLAs (and more). e.g.

e.g. - for example
IIRC - if I recall correctly
AFAIK - as far as I know
IANAL - I am not a lawyer

etc. etc.

as IMO, IMHO etc. are "standard" ones used in other forums and IRL*. Do we get to vote on these?


*IRL - in real life
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Old 04.01.2012, 13:42
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

GTTFSI

great thread, thanks for starting it.
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Old 04.01.2012, 13:42
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

Never caught on to what HTH means.
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

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Never caught on to what HTH means.
hit the highway

hope this helps
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Never caught on to what HTH means.
HTH = Hove to Helston light rail service

I hope this helps.
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Old 04.01.2012, 13:44
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

Rotflmfao ---
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Old 04.01.2012, 13:48
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

OMGWTFBBQ = Hi, my name is Sutter.
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Old 04.01.2012, 14:00
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

GTFO = Party at Ouchboy's.
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

I thought that IMHO meant In My Humble Opinion . That shows how much I know.
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Old 04.01.2012, 14:04
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I thought that IMHO meant In My Humble Opinion . That shows how much I know.
you're right, its humble
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Old 04.01.2012, 14:07
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

I prefer to write in the English language, but for those others, here is the big story http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

Does anyone know what KFC stands for?
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Does anyone know what KFC stands for?
Kinky French Citizens?
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Kinky French Citizens?
Kinky Forum Citizens
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Re: Abbreviations used in the English Forum.

I'd add one more:
BS = brown sugar
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