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For wishing Mum's Net would decode the abbreviations?

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Mitmoo Sat 16-Jul-11 12:21:11

I wish Mum's net would give us a decoder for the abbreviations used on this site.

As a newbie I had to ask what DS, DH etc. met so I've got those now but there are loads I just can't work out so please Mum's net, can you let us know what the abbreviations that are commonly used mean?

Or could Mum's Net Posters use this thread to tell us which ones they know and what they stand for?

Cheers.

GypsyMoth Sat 16-Jul-11 12:21:42

There is one!!

Mitmoo Sat 16-Jul-11 12:22:21

Where?

NestaVipers Sat 16-Jul-11 12:23:16

Link here

manticlimactic Sat 16-Jul-11 12:23:23

Up there ^^ It's called Acronyms.

gillybean2 Sat 16-Jul-11 12:23:48

Acronymns at teh top of the page where it says Mumsnet Talk

www.mumsnet.com/info/acronyms

Butterflybows Sat 16-Jul-11 12:24:12

Look for 'acronyms' in blue type x

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 16-Jul-11 12:24:19

I can't help it - I have to correct you - it's Mumsnet, not Mum's Net! grin

Look up towards the top of the screen (you may need to scroll up) and you'll see a row of headings, starting with 'Talk' - look along towards the end and you will see Acronyms. They're all listed in there.

And welcome to Mumsnet!

Mitmoo Sat 16-Jul-11 12:24:43

Thank you I'm going to print it off here because the link isn't that easy to find so for those link challenged like myself here you go:

ADHD

attention deficit & hyperactivity disorder

AFAIK

as far as I know

AIBU

am I being unreasonable?

AS

Asperger's syndrome

ASD

autistic spectrum disorder

ATM

at the moment

BBS

be back soon

BC

before children

BF

breastfeeding (or best friend or boyfriend, depending on context)

BFP

big fat positive (refers to a pregnancy test)

BIL

brother-in-law

BLW

baby-led weaning

BM

birth mother or boss mum (what a nanny might call her/his employer)

boak

Not an acronym, of course. Used by some to indicate a vomit-worthy moment.

BRB

be right back

BTW

by the way

bump

Not an acronym, of course. People sometimes post a message saying just "bump" - as a way of getting a thread back into the active conversations list so that more people see it. Any posting will "bump" a thread back up the list.

CC

controlled crying

CD

cycle day (as in menstrual cycle)

CF

cystic fibrosis

CP

cerebral palsy or chemical pregnancy or chicken pox, depending on the context

DD

darling/dear daughter

DGS/DGD

darling/dear grandson/granddaughter

DH

darling/dear husband

DLA

disability living allowance

DP

darling/dear partner

DS

darling/dear son

DS

Down's syndrome

DSS/DSD

darling/dear stepson/stepdaughter

DTD

doing the deed/doing the dance (having sex)

DTD/DTS

darling/dear twin daughter/son

DW

darling/dear wife

EBF

exclusively breastfeed(ing) or extended breastfeed(ing), depending on context

ELCS

elective Caesarean

EMCS

emergency Caesarean

EP

ectopic pregnancy

EWCM

egg-white cervical mucus

FF

formula-feeding or forward-facing (as in car seat), depending on context

FFP

free for postage

FFS

for f**k's sake

FIL

father-in-law

FWIW

for what it's worth

FYI

for your information

HTH

hope this helps

HV

health visitor

IEP

individual educational plan

IIRC

if I remember correctly

IKWYM

I know what you mean

IME

in my experience

IMHO

in my humble opinion

IMO

in my opinion

IYKWIM

if you know what I mean

IYSWIM

if you see what I mean

JFGI

just f*ing Google it

LMP

last menstrual period

LOL

laugh out loud

MC

miscarriage

MMC

missed miscarriage

MMTI

makes my teeth itch

MIL

mother-in-law

MN

Mumsnet of course! MNer is a mumsnetter, and MNHQ is Mumsnet headquarters

MW

midwife

NAK

nursing at keyboard (breastfeeding while Mumsnetting)

NN

no

NT

neurologically typical

NWOC

nanny with own child

OH

other half

OT

occupational therapy/therapist

OTT

over the top/overseas trained teacher

OP

original post/poster

PFB

precious first born

PG

pregnant

PIL

parents-in-law

PITA

pain in the a**e

PM

Private message

PMSL

p**s myself laughing

POAS

pee on a stick (take a pregnancy test)

POV

point of views

RF

rearward-facing (as in car seat)

RL

real life

ROFL

roll on floor laughing

SAHM

stay at home mother

SALT

speech and language therapy/therapist

SENCO

special educational needs co-ordinator

SIL

sister-in-law

SN

special needs

SPD

symphisis pubis dysfunction

SWI

shagging with intent (trying to conceive)

SWOI

shagging without intent (not trying to conceive!)

TBH

to be honest

TIA

thanks in advance

TMI

too much information

TTC

trying to conceive

UCL

usual cycle length

VBAC

vaginal birth after c-section

WB

welcome back

WTF?

what the f**k?

WAHM

working at home mother

WOHM

working out of the home mother

WRT

with reference/regard to

WWYD

what would you do

XH/XP

ex-husband/ex-partner

YABU

you are being unreasonable

YANBU

you are not being unreasonable

YABOS

you are being over-sensitive

YY

yes

bibbitybobbityhat Sat 16-Jul-11 12:24:58

Also, it is Mumsnet - all one word.

SuePurblybilt Sat 16-Jul-11 12:26:51

Has Chaos added her SIOB yet?

GypsyMoth Sat 16-Jul-11 12:27:51

Didn't know the JFGI one!!

Mitmoo Sat 16-Jul-11 12:47:25

Isn't it just easier to type it in full?

SuePurblybilt Sat 16-Jul-11 12:59:24

confused How would it be easier to type a seven letter word than a two letter acronym?

Though I agree it is confusing that we then frown on txtspk. Confusing but very, very valid grin

Mitmoo Sat 16-Jul-11 13:06:36

I suppose it is easy for me to say when I am a touch typist but it takes so much longer to look up the acronym, put it in to caps type it and then go back to lower case.

It makes some of the posts really hard to read when you're not used to them.

TrillianAstra Sat 16-Jul-11 13:13:40

I think anyone looking for acronyms will find it easier to look up where it says "acronyms" than to find the list on this thread...

WHat's SIOB?

I like BoF's UTGSN (unless they've got special needs - to be appended to every AIBU to forestall the "well maybe they needed to push you out of the way because...")

fedupofnamechanging Sat 16-Jul-11 13:22:30

You'll get used to it Mitmoo and before you know it you will be referring to your children as DS1 or DD and calling your husband DH. You will also come to believe that your real name is Mitmoo and fail to answer when people call you by your 'proper' name!

EvenLessNarkyPuffin Sat 16-Jul-11 13:23:44

I think anyone looking for acronyms will find it easier to look up where it says "acronyms" than to find the list on this thread

grin Trillian.

eurochick Sat 16-Jul-11 13:28:37

Do the acronyms DH, DD, DS, etc make anyone else want to puke? Why does everyone have to be a darling or dear? Particularly when DH is being a tvvat and not particularly darling...

Incidentally, this is the first and hopefully last time I will ever type those acronyms into Mumsnet. Bleugh.

TrillianAstra Sat 16-Jul-11 13:31:51

DH DD DS etc don't read in my head as "darling husband" they just say "my husband" in a quick and easy way. If we were talking out loud you would say "Dave" (if he were called Dave)

TrillianAstra Sat 16-Jul-11 13:32:17

LO makes me want to vom

EvenLessNarkyPuffin Sat 16-Jul-11 13:38:04

You forget what the D stands for grin. If you're having a rant that involves your husband and son it saves a lot of typing and potential confusion over who 'he' is.

Many of the acronyms aren't used much and some are confined to certain boards. I doubt you'll see anything about egg white mucus on Chat.

robingood19 Sat 16-Jul-11 13:48:55

TIC tongue in cheek

SITP sexual intercourse taking place.

SarahStratton Sat 16-Jul-11 13:49:19

When times are bad, in my eyes DH etc becomes Dickhead.

SarahStratton Sat 16-Jul-11 13:50:43

Not that I have a DH. Or a DP TBH. But it sounded better than calling a DD a dickhead confused

WTF is Chaos' SIOB?

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