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atthewelles Sat 02-Mar-13 12:06:05

So anyway DB and DS were having an argument about DD1's DF and DN stepped in and then DF got annoyed and started having a go. I roped DSIL in to help but her DN and my DF's DBIL advised her not to get involved so it was left to DM to deal with the problem.

I HATE OPs like this. I completely lose track of who's who, whether DF is Dear Fiance, Dear Father, Dear Friend; whether DN is Dear Niece, Dear Nephew, Dear Neighbour; why on earth the family doctor has been dragged into the situation (oh sorry, no, its Dear GrandParents ) etc etc

Any chance, if there's a cast of thousands, posters could ease up on the abbreviations?

Ta. smile

quietlysuggests Sat 02-Mar-13 12:08:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bonzo77 Sat 02-Mar-13 12:09:08

^^ this

Labootin Sat 02-Mar-13 12:10:02

It must be very stressful for you OP.

LeftMeInSuspenders Sat 02-Mar-13 12:10:36

atthewelles I know what you mean! It gives me a headache when there are too many characters. grin

Also grin at your/you're

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 02-Mar-13 12:13:09

Oh yes, atthewelles, they just make me all confuddled.
If I have to read the first paragraph twice to find out who all the characters are I don't bother TBH.

atthewelles Sat 02-Mar-13 12:14:52

Oops. Sorry about that. I'm the very one who hates people putting apostrophes in the wrong places (and I write for a living!!)

However, I would never be so rude as to point a mistake like that out to another poster (or should that be 'another DP)?

starfishmummy Sat 02-Mar-13 12:19:20

As someone who writes for a living, your punctuation really needs improvement. There appears to be another stray apostrophe in your second post.

xigris Sat 02-Mar-13 12:19:32

My pet hate is of instead of have. Eg. 'He could of had a pet goat' ' rather than 'he could have had a pet goat'. Not sure why I've chosen goat ownership. All rather random! My mum is a teacher and very keen on good grammar (disclaimer - she's always pulling me up on mine!)

GlitteryShitandDanglyBaubles Sat 02-Mar-13 12:19:53

But if Mr A and Mr X have a fall out with person B, the dh and dd may not be speaking to person A and Mr X. Unless dsd and her lo are also there with the dgc.

Just saying.

sneezingwakesthebaby Sat 02-Mar-13 12:20:40

Oh I'm with you on this! Also confuses my little brain when its friend A and friend B and friend C. I lose track of who did what. I prefer when people give them fake names haha!

GlaikitFizzog Sat 02-Mar-13 12:21:58

Attthewelles, there is a very hand acronyms link at the top of the page. Read it! For multiple meanings DF friend father fiancé etc, most people do differentiate. I use dsis DMum DDad etc. but really, no need to get yer knickers in a twist about it. If you get that het up about abbreviations, perhaps AIBU isn't the place for you.

Yabu btw IMHO . Hth ttfn

atthewelles Sat 02-Mar-13 12:22:13

FFS this isn't an English lesson.

Starfish the stray apostrophe was meant to be an inverted comma but the key is a bit sticky and the other one didn't come out. I had already spotted it and thought "Oh God, who'll come rushing on about that"

xigris Sat 02-Mar-13 12:22:16

See? Random of!! Should have read 'my pet hate is instead of have NOT 'my pet hate is of instead'. Gah! blush

atthewelles Sat 02-Mar-13 12:24:09

Oh, yes, I hate Friend A and Friend B, especially when we then have to deal with Friend A's DF and Friend B's DM. sad

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 02-Mar-13 12:25:48

Yes the acronyms are very handy, but the op is saying that when the whole lot appear in the first paragraph, along with friend A,B, C, and D it's a bit hard to process.

Struffle Sat 02-Mar-13 12:26:17

Missing a full stop in your last post OP. wink

Sorry. Your OP makes a reasonable point imo.

Struffle Sat 02-Mar-13 12:26:47

X posts.

My last post should say 'second to last post'.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sat 02-Mar-13 12:27:22

I'm with you, I'm always wondering why the doctor is babysitting for the weekend! grin

atthewelles Sat 02-Mar-13 12:27:22

I actually opened a thread yesterday that sounded very interesting but after two paras of DFs and DBFs and DNs etc I completely lost track and just closed it.

nurserytea Sat 02-Mar-13 12:34:27

Confuses me as well. I once read several posts on a thread, absolutely bewildered as to why the doctor was going on holidays with the OP and her family grin

Wow, there are some very rude people on this thread shock

Thumbwitch Sat 02-Mar-13 12:42:44

I can usually keep track, but got horrendously confused when someone was talking about her DD's DS, especially when it was apparent that her DD was still at primary school - turned out she was talking about a nintendo DS...

I also get quite aggravated when people use DS for dear sister - that just doesn't compute.
And can get confused between DF(ather) and DF(iancé).

But overall it generally becomes apparent from context, so I think YAB a bit U.

Thumbwitch Sat 02-Mar-13 12:44:22

xigris - actually, your first post was correct - but to be absolutely clear, you could have written "My pet hate is 'of' instead of 'have'..." smile

Sallyingforth Sat 02-Mar-13 12:49:26

Having read your initial post, I think the butler did it. But Miss Marple will know for sure smile

lappy Sat 02-Mar-13 12:55:57

atthewelles I'm with you. In fact I'd go so far as to say I'd enjoy the site a lot more if the acronyms were gone completely.

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