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RiJaAr Dec 18, 2006 11:38 PM

This is for all those abbreviation illiterate people like me!

things i recently found out from other helpful users!

ISO = in search of
DH = dear husband

i'm still confused on a few tho
Please post the meanings of the common abbreviations you have encountered on this site?!?

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    laylag RE: RiJaAr Dec 18, 2006 11:42 PM

    Thanks RiJaAr. In search of... never would have sussed that one out.

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      Nyleve RE: RiJaAr Dec 18, 2006 11:47 PM

      Here you go. All the ridiculous abbreviations you never wanted to know, and a few more for good luck. I admit these are pretty parenting-specific, but do cover some of the more common ones.


      EOD? Probably not.

      1. Emme RE: RiJaAr Dec 19, 2006 05:38 AM

        I'll add a couple to the linked list...

        IMNSHO- In my not so humble opinion

        DINK- Double Income No Kids

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          momjamin RE: RiJaAr Dec 19, 2006 11:27 AM

          YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

          1. LindaWhit RE: RiJaAr Dec 19, 2006 04:33 PM

            PITA or PITB - Pain In The A** (or Butt) :-)
            AYCE - All You Can Eat
            EAK - Eating At Keyboard (and I am doing so right now)

            And many, MANY more than you could possibly ever use here:


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              RiJaAr RE: RiJaAr Dec 19, 2006 08:44 PM

              i wonder if BAK (baking at keyboard) is legitimate, as i am usually running back and forth getting advice while i'm baking ?

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                pescatarian RE: RiJaAr Dec 20, 2006 10:15 PM

                Yes, and then you don't let us know how things (pie) come out :)

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                  RiJaAr RE: pescatarian Dec 21, 2006 05:14 PM

                  i didn't?? i wwill have to go back to that thread and describe it there for all you !

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                  PDXpat RE: RiJaAr Dec 21, 2006 10:06 PM

                  which might easily be misread as BAK (baked at keyboard), which seems to be characteristic of many interweb posters (present company excepted, of course).

                3. Peter Cuce RE: RiJaAr Dec 21, 2006 12:21 PM

                  If you ever have an abbreviation you don't know, type into Google, "What is IMHO", for example, and it will have an explanation and a link at the top of the page. This will work for anything, not just abbreviations.

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                    HillJ RE: Peter Cuce Dec 21, 2006 05:32 PM

                    So will "define: IMHO" (as example) in any search engine

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: HillJ Dec 21, 2006 09:59 PM

                      DH = Department of Health
                      ISO = International Standards Organization

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                    HillJ RE: RiJaAr Dec 21, 2006 10:56 PM

                    RL..and about five examples down "define: DH" gives you darling husband.

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                      HillJ RE: HillJ Dec 26, 2006 01:19 AM

                      update...one stop shopping for any definition.


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                        jfood RE: HillJ Jan 4, 2007 06:35 PM

                        no but when i once posted that i "stuck the dirty knives in the dw", the local police arrived and started looking for the body of mrs jfood.

                      2. Jim Leff RE: RiJaAr Dec 26, 2006 02:10 AM

                        My favorite, dating from the old Compuserve Bacchus Wine Forum, is somewhat obsolete but still useful:

                        DNPIM ("Do Not Put In Mouth", i.e. something horribly awful)

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                          personalcheffie RE: RiJaAr Dec 26, 2006 02:13 AM

                          GU = Geographically Undesirable.

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                            personalcheffie RE: personalcheffie Jan 4, 2007 06:18 PM

                            YAC=You Are Correct.

                          2. Das Ubergeek RE: RiJaAr Jan 2, 2007 12:28 AM

                            AMW = Actress, Model, Waitress (very LA)
                            DD = Dear Daughter
                            DH = Dear Husband
                            DS = Dear Son
                            DW = Dear Wife
                            FWIW = For What It's Worth
                            HHOK = Ha Ha Only Kidding
                            HHOS = Ha Ha Only Serious
                            IANAL = I Am Not A Lawyer
                            IDC = I Don't Know
                            IDKAIDC = I Don't Know And I Don't Care
                            IIRC = If I Recall Comforter
                            IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
                            IMNSHO = In My Not-So-Humble Opinion
                            IOW = In Other Words
                            ISO = In Search Of
                            JFGI = Just (****)ing Google It
                            LMAO = Laughing My Arse Off
                            LOL = Laughing Out Loud
                            ROFL = Rolling On Floor Laughing

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                              jsl RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 4, 2007 06:30 PM

                              Thanks for the detailed info...........finally I can decipher the abbreviations!

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                                OCAnn RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 4, 2007 06:39 PM

                                If I Recall Comforter?

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                                  limster RE: OCAnn Jan 4, 2007 11:23 PM

                                  should be: If I Recall Correctly

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                                    RiJaAr RE: OCAnn Jan 7, 2007 01:13 AM

                                    ooh, i dunno, i recall my comforter all the time, don't you? :P

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                                  momjamin RE: RiJaAr Jan 2, 2007 01:15 AM

                                  IIRC = If I (Recall/Remember) Correctly

                                  1. SauceSupreme RE: RiJaAr Jan 3, 2007 05:49 PM

                                    OP = Original Poster
                                    SO = Significant Other

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                                      AKSLA2006 RE: RiJaAr Jan 4, 2007 06:36 PM

                                      IHOP = International House of Pancakes.

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                                        SauceSupreme RE: AKSLA2006 Jan 5, 2007 09:55 AM

                                        Many restaurants themselves get abbreviated (to say nothing about AOC). IHOP is of course the most immediate suggestion, but I know DTF gets used a lot as an abbreviation for a popular dumpling house in Los Angeles, SSG gets used for a noodle house, and often times people just begin to invent abbreviations mid-post just for the sake of brevity. Surely after a while you get used to the abbr.

                                      2. Melanie Wong RE: RiJaAr Jan 4, 2007 06:37 PM

                                        XLB = xiao long bao

                                        1. Alcachofa RE: RiJaAr Apr 12, 2007 02:43 PM

                                          Dear Husband!! UGGGGHHH! That's what that means.
                                          Yuck, I don't like that. No wonder I couldn't figure it out.

                                          I'm surprised I don't see:

                                          DC = Dining Companion

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                                            Chris VR RE: Alcachofa Apr 13, 2007 11:47 AM

                                            I do see that :-)

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