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Bloody acronyms on Mumsnet!

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ScarletStar Thu 27-Mar-14 12:21:56

Am I alone in really struggling with them? I've looked at the list on here but it doesn't cover them all. I've seen CM to mean child maintenance and Child Minder. Children are ds, dd,dss, etc. Every thread turns into a puzzle trying to figure out what things mean and because conversations move on so quick I don't want to ask. Just wanted a moan, I've only been on the site about 3 weeks so no doubt I'll get used to it..!

TheProsAndConsOfHitchhiking Thu 27-Mar-14 12:22:54

You will get used to it smile

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 27-Mar-14 12:23:35

Context is everything but yes, I often do a double take at threads when it is not clear for eg whwher they mean GP (doctor) or grandparents

TheGirlFromIpanema Thu 27-Mar-14 12:26:09

Wait 'til you start using MN acronyms accidentally irl blush

ScarletStar Thu 27-Mar-14 12:28:33

Thanks everyone! smile Yes I've actually said 'LOL' once instead of actually giving a polite laugh and wanted to punch myself, haha.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 27-Mar-14 13:52:13

Welcome ScarletStar - let us know if there are any acronyms you think we should be adding to the list

RedandChecker Thu 27-Mar-14 13:54:59

What thegirl said! ^^

I often go to call DS...DS in real life blush

Bowlersarm Thu 27-Mar-14 13:56:22

DF could be Dear Father or Dear Fiancé (an awkward thread where the OP was talking about giving her DF a bj, or something like that, and a few posters were wtf shock). A traumatic image all round.

Bowlersarm Thu 27-Mar-14 13:57:22

I do that Red, as well. At least in my head they are DH, and DC. I hope I don't say it out loud one day.

TypicaLibra Thu 27-Mar-14 13:57:33

I must say I've been registered on this site since about 2005 because I would google things like 'why is my four year old grumpy' and Mumsnet always came up. I would then browse a few threads relating to whatever problem I had at the time, but found it really hard work because of all the acronyms - I struggled to understand a lot of it. It's only been about a year that I've been a properly active user ... and have finally got my head round most of the acronyms. Still find a lot of them irritating though.

MirandaWest Thu 27-Mar-14 13:57:43

CM could also be cervical mucus #helpful

Nocomet Thu 27-Mar-14 13:59:19

My problem is my DDs are now teens so I'm having trouble with BF (best friend) and have taken to calling DD1s life long partner in crime her DF or BFF (dear/best female friend) as she has never had a BF (boy friend) however she did have a MBF/BMF (male best friend/ best male friend at primary and they are still DF)

TLAs are simply confusing. Don't marry a computer geek, OP, they can hold whole conversations in acronyms.

RedandChecker Thu 27-Mar-14 14:00:08

I just Laughed out Loud in work at giving DF a BJ blush [girn]

RedandChecker Thu 27-Mar-14 14:00:29

grin not girn hmm

RustyBear Thu 27-Mar-14 14:23:11

I often do a double take at threads when it is not clear for eg whwher they mean GP (doctor) or grandparents

Ha - not always that simple - GP can also mean Guinea Pig, which can lead to confusion when an OP asks for advice on Sexing her GP.....

ScarletStar Thu 27-Mar-14 14:28:15

I'm killing myself laughing at some of these replies especially cm for cervical mucus! (bleeurgh). Ap can also mean adoptive parent or au pair..the biggest killers are phrases boiled down to acronyms, iyswim. And yes it took me ages to get that one!

ScarletStar Thu 27-Mar-14 14:30:18

Sometimes I think just bloody write it out, you're only saving seconds!

ColdTeaAgain Thu 27-Mar-14 14:31:35

Found them a bit irritating when I joined mumsnet and vowed not to use them in my posts... But you find yourself using them without even noticing you're doing it grin

MimsyBorogroves Thu 27-Mar-14 14:34:32

Eeeew at sexing GPs. grin

MimsyBorogroves Thu 27-Mar-14 14:35:24

Mind you, I always thought STBX was shorthand for 'shitbox'.

babyfedleaning Thu 27-Mar-14 14:37:16

I thought CM was cervical mucous! blush

CalamitouslyWrong Thu 27-Mar-14 14:42:24

Babyfedleaning: that must have made the 'CM should be harder to avoid' thread title really confusing for you.

GreenShadow Thu 27-Mar-14 14:42:43

Don't forget MN has kindly provided us with a (long) list of Acronyms at the bottom of the page (or here)

Noregretsatall Thu 27-Mar-14 14:47:01

No you're not alone, it often baffles and frustrates me too and I give up on reading something because I can't understand it...

NymodigFruOla Thu 27-Mar-14 15:39:32

LOL isn't an MN specific acronym though, is it?

When I first lurked/joined (a few years ago) I didn't know what EA meant. Depending on the thread it can mean either Estate Agent or Emotional Abuse.

The acronyms do need updating, I think.

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