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I'll say it out loud ........ I dislike all the abbreviations on Mumsnet

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paganmolloy Thu 14-Dec-17 08:38:00

DD, DH, DP, GF, DS and all the others. I get common abbreviations like etc. Xmas but I feel like I need an entire map legend just to read a post. And if we can all write lengthy posts surely we can just write daughter or son? And why do we have to call them 'dear' anything? It pisses me off! So there! ;)

DonkeyOaty Thu 14-Dec-17 08:44:30


dentalplanlisaneedsbraces Thu 14-Dec-17 08:45:41


Maudlinmaud Thu 14-Dec-17 08:50:29

You don't have to use them, some people think they're twee and unnecessary.
I have to stop myself using dd in real life. I'm not a fan of Xmas myself but don't complain about it.

Bluelonerose Thu 14-Dec-17 08:51:34

It's the non common ones that throw me.
I'm normally 4 pages into a thread before I find out what it means grin

LornaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 14-Dec-17 15:46:00


We'll just leave this here....


GinIsIn Thu 14-Dec-17 15:49:08

ODFOD grin

TrojansAreSmegheads Thu 14-Dec-17 15:52:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BenLui Thu 14-Dec-17 15:57:04

The abbreviations are part of MN and have been for a long time.

Many of them aren’t specific to MN and are used in other places online.

They really aren’t that hard to learn and you don’t have to use them yourself.

ArbitraryName Thu 14-Dec-17 15:58:35

It’s all fine until you get ambiguity about whether the DF in question is the OP’s father or fiancé. Or the DS is the son or sister. The DF confusion, in particular, can produce some raised eyebrows.

SlowlyShrinking Thu 14-Dec-17 16:03:24

I don’t mind them generally but dhamster and dfish etc do piss me off a bit

MsGameandWatching Thu 14-Dec-17 16:07:09

Well tough! You have to use them, it says so in the legally binding contract they make you sign when you first join. Oh wait, that's bollocks and you don't have to use them at all so just...don't.

rachelracket Thu 14-Dec-17 16:10:02

you'll get used to it.

otherwise, you may have more success irl.

MumGoneMild Thu 14-Dec-17 16:11:17

U ok hun?

ShowOfHands Thu 14-Dec-17 16:11:54

This thread happens monthly. MN is well into its second decade. We have a shared language. We are a community. Join in or don't.

Merrylegs Thu 14-Dec-17 16:14:55


paxillin Sat 16-Dec-17 14:54:56

Join in or don't. Indeed. All communities, online or offline, develop their own culture.

Sparklingbrook Sat 16-Dec-17 15:06:57

I will say out ,loud that I don't mind them at all, and I don't even notice them any more.

SauvignonBlanche Sat 16-Dec-17 15:10:58

I have to stop myself saying them in RL fblush

SwedishEdith Sat 16-Dec-17 15:12:22

What's wrong with Xmas?

cornishmumtobe Sat 16-Dec-17 15:13:46

It's 'Iyswim' that I can never remember and have to google every time fgrin

Smeaton Sat 16-Dec-17 15:14:48

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Aridane Sun 17-Dec-17 20:46:35

My favourite one is PFB ever since one poster confessed she thought it stood for Precious Fucking Baby (until someone told her otherwise) grin

MyBrilliantDisguise Sun 17-Dec-17 20:49:12

Oh me too! As for those who say ddog... Absolutely fucking crazy. Just use the initial ffs.

lalaloopyhead Sun 17-Dec-17 20:56:48

DD1 is so much easier to type and read than 'my eldest daughter' surely? I like them and sometime think the abbreviations rather than the full words anyway iyswim?

I like them, and as pp has pointed out most are widely used and not exclusive to MN .

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