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NoShitHemlock Mon 25-Feb-19 15:01:29

Obviously having a (completely) lazy day including several cups of coffee and a good nose around MN when I noticed "TIA" at the end of a post. Not the first time I have noticed this, and I thought "Cor - that Tia gets around a bit - turning into a bit of a prolific poster. It's a bit odd she keeps putting her name at the bottom of her posts tho....."

And then the penny dropped.

or for you lovely ladies who are just as daft as I am...
Thanks In Advance grin

CaptainButtock Mon 25-Feb-19 16:33:56

Ooh while we’re at it...could someone decipher ‘piv’ (In relation to sex) and also ‘pfb’ or ‘pbf’ in relation to babies?
Ta smile

StealthPolarBear Mon 25-Feb-19 16:34:50

Penis in vagina
Precious first born

Asta19 Mon 25-Feb-19 16:34:55

Penis in vagina
Precious first born
I think!

MereDintofPandiculation Mon 25-Feb-19 16:36:38

HTH means "hope that helps", hth Sometimes used in a genuinely helpful way, like RocketMan just has, but often used as a sarcastic extra kick in the teeth, as in "Yes, YABU, you are behaving like a selfish arse, HTH"

"KR" is one I've noticed recently as a sign off. Also "Best"

Aridane Mon 25-Feb-19 16:39:11

HTH is a passive aggressive. 'hope is helps' insult. So when an OP posts a question, or starts a discussion, someone will reply with a bald statement and end it with HTH.

So for example someone posting about a recipe for a particular dish and a poster replies back saying 'curry is rank - HTH'.

NunoGoncalves Mon 25-Feb-19 16:39:17

I work for a large multinational organisation which is HO in an EU country, not the UK.

In the spirit of the thread, it took me a while to figure out what your HO meant here. Especially as you used it as a verb!

NoShitHemlock Mon 25-Feb-19 16:41:03

@MereDintofPandiculation I have to be honest If someone signed off at work with "KR" or "Best" I would be fairly filling up the swear jar.

haverhill Mon 25-Feb-19 16:43:01

My friend thought that ONO after the price of a house meant OH NO! So expensive!!
She was only a teenager at the time to be fair.

pigsDOfly Mon 25-Feb-19 16:45:28

I was on here for ages before I found out what HTH meant.

Also it was a very long time before I was able to work out how to use the Smilies below. Looking at them now it's so obvious but at the time I just didn't get it blush - just to prove I really do know.

CaptainButtock Mon 25-Feb-19 16:47:01

Aaaaah!! Thanks Stealth and Asta x

Littlebluebird123 Mon 25-Feb-19 16:47:41

Oh! I've always posted hth as a genuine hoping I've helped rather than passive aggressive thing. Maybe people have been thinking I'm quite sarky when I'm not. blush

Roussette Mon 25-Feb-19 16:48:07

When I first joined I thought writing "bump" on a thread, any thread, was a pregnancy announcement

This made me roar with laughter and because I have a really bad cough/chest infection, the laughter turned into a Not Nice Incident.

ONO, OhNo, is prolonging incident grin

labazsisgoingmad Mon 25-Feb-19 16:52:07

is there somewhere that lists the abbreviations used on MN? i think i have worked lots of them out but some still defeat me confused

ImportantWater Mon 25-Feb-19 16:53:48

I remember watching the London Marathon for the first time and hearing "Martin Smith, 34 year old vet", "Joanne James, 56 year old vet" and thinking goodness, there are a lot of vets taking part, I wonder if there is something about looking after animals that makes you a good runner.

It meant veteran. They had all run the marathon before.

ALongHardWinter Mon 25-Feb-19 16:56:01

I used to think that 'TA' stood for 'Territorial Army' rather than 'Teaching Assistant'. grin

cheesemongery Mon 25-Feb-19 16:58:09

I've only ever seen pfb on argumentative threads - thought is must mean your perfect fucking baby! Sorry!

Took me a while to understand why people would post a . or an f then realised it was just to follow the thread (why not click follow?)

No idea what Q is.

Somebody once posted jk, and I could not see the relevance to Jeremy Kyle whatsoever.

Gone4Good Mon 25-Feb-19 16:59:17

It's not thick to not understand all the abbreviations on MN. I find them annoying and often give up on threads where there a lot of them.

MumsNet would be well advised to ask people to stop using them. I'm sure if there were no abbreviations here MumsNet readership/traffic would increase.

stiypasi Figure that one out. Or hdylta?

StealthPolarBear Mon 25-Feb-19 16:59:23

I am always a bit amazed at the number of children with cerebral palsy. They I realise cp stands for chicken pox sad

PuppyMonkey Mon 25-Feb-19 16:59:34

I come from the very distant past, where if somebody wrote “Lol” on the internet, I thought they meant “lots of love.”

Aridane Mon 25-Feb-19 17:00:10

I see to think Dr exclusively mean a medical doctor and was surprised at just how many people in the corporate world were ex medics ...

GrandmaSharksDentures Mon 25-Feb-19 17:01:37

"Q" is used as a placemarking in posts - so the poster can find where they had read to.

Aridane Mon 25-Feb-19 17:01:49

cheese you don't need to post a . to follow a thread. You can just do this <as if bymagic>

Aridane Mon 25-Feb-19 17:01:58

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Aridane Mon 25-Feb-19 17:02:25

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