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Acronyms seen in the Monastery

by Theo (Priest)
on Dec 22, 2003 at 23:36 UTC ( #316525=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Most of these acronyms I've seen before, some of them took me a while to figure out, and others I've seen queries about in the CB. This is the list I curently have on my home node where I will be adding to it as I find and learn more.

There are some PM-Specific acronyms collected by grinder. Also see the Acronym Finder web site.

"Acronyms" found in and around the Monastery
Other Acronym lists: Guide to PM Abbrv., grinder, vladb,
AcronymServer, AcronymFinder, Marshalls
.oO( … ) Thinking a thought, like in cartoons
AFAIAA As Far As I Am Aware
AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AM Anonymous Monk
AMFYOYO Adios My Friend, You're On Your Own
AoA Array of Arrays
AoH Array of Hashs
ATM At The Moment
bbl be back later
BOFH Bastard Operator From Hell
brb Be Right Back
BTW By The Way
CB Chatter Box
CSV Comma (Character) Separated Values
DWIM Do What I Mean
DWYM Do What You Mean
EBKAC Error Between Keyboard and Chair
FMTYEWTK Far More Than You Ever Wanted To Know
FWIW For What Its Worth
GMAB Give Me A Break
GMAFB Give Me A F.{3}ing Break
HAND Have A Nice Day
HMWTDI Here’s My Way To Do It
HoA Hash of Arrays
HoH Hash of Hashes
HTH Hope That/This Helps
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IIRC If I Recall Correctly
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMHO In My Holy Opinion (used by Saints)
IMnsHO In My not so Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IMvHO In My Very Humble Opinion
j/k Just Kidding
JAPH Just Another Perl Hacker
JAPH Just Another Perl Hack
JAPN Just Another Perl Newbie
KLB Known Lazy Bastard
lart Luser Attitude Readjustment Tool (eg a 2x4)
LOL Laugh out loud
luser Combining form of Loser & User
MOOPS Massively Object Oriented Perl System
MTYEWTK More Than You Ever Wanted To Know
NIHS (NIH) Not Invented Here Syndrome
NP No Problem
OP Original Poster/Posting
OT Off Topic
OTMH Off the Top of My Head
OTOH On The Other Hand
PEBKAC Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair
PfY Pimply-faced Youth
phb Pointy Haired Boss
PM Perl Monks
POD Plain Old Documentation
ppl people
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling On Floor Laughing My A** Off
RTFB Read The F.{6} Binary
RTFM Read The F.{6} Manual
RTFS Read The F.{6} Source
SCNR Sorry, Could Not Resist
SoPW Seeker of Perl Wisdom
TIA Thanks in Advance
TIMTOWTDI There Is More Than One Way To Do It
TMTOWTDI There’s More Than One Way To Do It
TTBOMK To The Best Of My Knowledge
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTYL Talk To You Later
TYVM Thank You Very Much
VEEPS Virtual Electronic Exchange for Perl Stuff
WTDI Way To Do It
WTF? What the F.{3}?
YHBT You Have Been Trolled
YKYBH(P)TL You know you've been hacking (Perl) too long..
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
YOYO You're On Your Own
YW You're Welcome

UPDATE 1: As I had hoped, y'all are telling me what I've missed. Most updates to the list will be on my Home Node as I get them added.
Thanks!

UPDATE 3: (2004/05/11 @ 21:14 PST)

-Theo-
(so many nodes and so little time ... )

Comment on Acronyms seen in the Monastery
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by Nkuvu (Priest) on Dec 22, 2003 at 23:55 UTC

    How is ick an acronym for yuck?

    And you overlooked SoPW and IMnsHO.

    Edit: Sorry, forgot to point out the actual definition for these two acronyms, but it looks like you've updated so I don't need to do that.

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by jZed (Prior) on Dec 23, 2003 at 00:05 UTC
    ROFLMAO - which is both a comment on your meditation and an addition to it (Rolling On Floor, Laughing My Ass Off)
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by valdez (Monsignor) on Dec 23, 2003 at 00:06 UTC
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by b10m (Vicar) on Dec 23, 2003 at 00:07 UTC

    Here are some additional acronyms found:

    TTBOMK - To The Best Of My Knowledge
    YHBT - You Have Been Trolled
    (not) STFU - (not) Shut The Fuck Up

    --
    b10m
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by jsprat (Curate) on Dec 23, 2003 at 00:12 UTC
    TTBOMK usually means "To the best of my knowledge"

    You might want to add another one, PEBKAC: "Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair"

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by TVSET (Chaplain) on Dec 23, 2003 at 00:18 UTC
    There are few people in CB (oh, that's another one missing) who use 'TTFN' instead of 'Good Bye'. Being a non-native English speaker that I am, it took me a while to figure that out. 'Ta Ta For Now'. Weird. :)

      The first place I (saw|heard) TTFN was from a Winnie The Pooh character, Tigger.

      -Theo-
      (so many nodes and so little time ... )

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by parv (Priest) on Dec 23, 2003 at 01:35 UTC

    'OP' has two meanings depending on the context...

    • Original Poster (already listed), and
    • Original Posting (missing from the list)

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 23, 2003 at 05:27 UTC

    RTFM RTFS RTFB L-USER README did you READIT

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by sauoq (Abbot) on Dec 23, 2003 at 06:28 UTC

    CSV is often understood more generally to be "Character Separated Values". It just so happens that a comma is a common character used to separate values. Other common ones include a vertical bar ("|"), a tab ("\t"), and a colon (":"). Really, though, any character will do.

    -sauoq
    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
    
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by grinder (Bishop) on Dec 23, 2003 at 07:53 UTC

    Many of these are common Internet acronyms. A complete (AFAIAA1) list of Perlmonk-specific acronyms can be found here.

    1. as far as I am aware

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery - PHB
by inman (Curate) on Dec 23, 2003 at 08:57 UTC

    phb

    /P-H-B/ (Usenet; common; rarely spoken) Abbreviation,
    "Pointy-Haired Boss". From the Dilbert character, the archetypal
    halfwitted middle-management type. See also pointy-haired.


    Source: Jargon File 4.2.0

    As defined by Dictionary.com

    Monastary usage example - The developers want to code in Perl but the PHB's insist in Java

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Dec 23, 2003 at 14:17 UTC
    If you've got BoFH, then you might want to include the companion (although slightly less common) acronym: PFY (Pimply-faced Youth). My personal favorite was from a friend of mine in a chatroom many many years ago: ROTFLMAOWHCIROTFATATST (Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Arse Off - Wait How Can I Roll On The Floor And Type At The Same Time? :-)


    "Ex libris un peut de tout"
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 23, 2003 at 14:37 UTC

    More acronyms in PM

    AFAIC As Far As I'm concerned -
    IANALI am not a lawyerYou hear that as a disclaimer when somebody is asking for advice concerning legal issues.
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by hardburn (Abbot) on Dec 23, 2003 at 14:39 UTC

    You forgot one in your list that was noted in the introductory text: CB.

    ----
    I wanted to explore how Perl's closures can be manipulated, and ended up creating an object system by accident.
    -- Schemer

    : () { :|:& };:

    Note: All code is untested, unless otherwise stated

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by spartan (Pilgrim) on Dec 23, 2003 at 17:41 UTC
    Please do not forget WTF - what the f*ck.
    Commonly seen as WTF?


    Very funny Scotty... Now PLEASE beam down my PANTS!
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by seattlejohn (Deacon) on Dec 23, 2003 at 19:32 UTC
    If you want to avoid the naughty words in the definition of RTFM and variants, you could always replace the F with "Friendly", a usage I've frequently seen here and that's rather less combative.

    Being pedantic here, I've never seen "LUSER" capitalized, because it's really more a regular word than an acronym.

    In addition to SoPW, I think I've occasionally encountered CUFP (Cool Uses for Perl).

    And don't forget JAPH (Just Another Perl Hacker), specifically an obfu(scated) way of printing that message...

    Updated: Abigail-II points out that RTFM is meant to be blunt. Although RTFM sometimes is used in a nicey-nicey way, replacing Fucking with something Friendlier does diminish the impact of the acronym in its default, unqualified usage. So upon further consideration, I withdraw that suggestion.

            $perlmonks{seattlejohn} = 'John Clyman';

      There's just one meaning to RTFM and that's "Read The Fucking Manual". Replacing "Fucking" with "Friendly" gives it a whole other meaning. RTFM is intended to be not be nicey-nicey.

      Abigail

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery (PM)
by tye (Cardinal) on Dec 24, 2003 at 05:27 UTC

    "PM" is used here for PerlMonks, Private Message, Perl Module, Perl Monger, and Evening (at least). "Send me a PM on PM about the PM PM PM tutorial." (Update: I just got a PM PM that used "PM" to, I assume, mean "project manager")

    Most of these are common net acronyms that you can find many places (if a few of the best aren't listed in the Monk Help, then we should add such). The ones that aren't should get included in the Monk Help on acronyms (Guide to PerlMonks Acronyms and Abbreviations -- found quickly via Super Search).

                    - tye
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by ysth (Canon) on Dec 24, 2003 at 19:17 UTC
    Variants: IMHO, some of us express honest opinions, not humble ones. And I usually recommend reading the Fine Manual.
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery (linguistic nitpickery)
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Dec 26, 2003 at 05:11 UTC

    Almost none of these are specific to PerlMonks.

    Also, while it's common to call them "acronyms", the correct term is "initialisms". Acronyms are a subset of those initialisms which form pronouncable words, such as ANSI, ASCII, DOS or GUI.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

      I guess I can see that, but....

      While you are technically correct, I move this out of the nitpickery realm and into the Anal Retentive realm.

      Does my opinion even matter here?

      Probably not, but just wanted to let you know that there are others of us out here. You are not alone!

      Paulster2

Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by hsmyers (Canon) on Dec 26, 2003 at 05:54 UTC
    Context may not be accurate but I'd add SFA => Sh*t F**king All to the list. Not normally used in polite conversation but succinct and to the point when needed.

    --hsm

    "Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
Re: Acronyms seen in the Monastery
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Dec 26, 2003 at 15:42 UTC

    You forgot one very important one.

      SWMBO = Wife or other female significant other.

    It stands for She Who Must Be Obeyed.

    It is interesting to note that I have never seen a version of this referring to the male partner in a male:female pairing.


    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter at Berghold dot Net
       Dog trainer, dog agility exhibitor, brewer of fine Belgian style ales. Happiness is a warm, tired, contented dog curled up at your side and a good Belgian ale in your chalice.
      Not Single White Male Bedroom Occupant? Well, that changes things a bit...
        ...yes, that is the expansion of the acronym for those who neglected to recognize its original meaning. Damn! It gets cold sometimes.

        ...All the world looks like -well- all the world, when your hammer is Perl.
        ---v

      ...I could be mistaken, but I believe the phrase originated as a reference to the English Queen. I think it might have been Victoria, but I'm not certain.

      Although there may be men who believe that they are "He Who Must Be Obeyed" they are always wrong.

      ...All the world looks like -well- all the world, when your hammer is Perl.
      ---v

            I believe the phrase originated as a reference to the English Queen.

        I seem to remember that as well. I also remember one of the British shows (Rumpold of the Bailey?) that shows here in the states on PBS having its main character refer to his wife that way. I started seeing it in other chat contexts as well prior to my being with PM.

        The phrase and its associated abbreviation have gotten around.


        Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
        Peter at Berghold dot Net
           Dog trainer, dog agility exhibitor, brewer of fine Belgian style ales. Happiness is a warm, tired, contented dog curled up at your side and a good Belgian ale in your chalice.

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