Acronyms and Glossary (wiki)

/s - this statement is sarcasm

AFAIK - as far as I know (I mean, as far as I know)

AI - Artificial intelligence: a trick used to scrape others people’s work, distort it, and spit out an imitation as an original idea. Not to be confused with Artificial Insemination

AIUI - As I Understand It

anonymization - The act of removing a user’s identity from the BBS without deleting their posts. More info: General Moderation Topic - #1805 by orenwolf

Backpfeifengesicht - a face in need of a punch

banana - just means banana, but must be accompanied by the phrase “just look at it!”

BBS Style Manual - self explanatory, but here’s a link BBS Style Manual

BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Color


CCBOD - Circular Comments Button of Doom. The phenomenon wherein clicking the comments link below an article takes you back to the article. As first described here

CHOAM - from the novel DUNE. Used as a stand-in for

Christ, what an asshole - the obligatory response that speaks for itself. Originally popularized in 2006 as a caption that would fit any New Yorker comic, came to prominence on Boing Boing circa 2010. More info: Christ, What An Asshole | Know Your Meme

CHUD - cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers, or an alt-right loudmouth

CW - Content Warning. A warning that a link or spoilered picture/text may trigger peoples mental illnesses or bad memories. These warnings can stop psychiatric episodes from escalating, so they should only be used in a serious context.

cyber - a word used as a prefix to any moderately technology related concept to alert others that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Used a lot by defense contractors

DARVO - a manipulation strategy. Stands for Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender. Wikipedia

Driving trollies - What you may end up seeing in your post when you think you typed “trollin​g”

DSW - dick size war

enshittification - a process by which products turn to crap. First, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, they die. See also Link and Topic

ETA - Edited to add. A polite thing to do if you edit your post, especially if others had previously liked it.

etm. - “and shit” used in the same sense as etc. From Here

FAAFO / FAFO - Fuck Around And Find Out.

FAF - “Flag And Forget” is what you should do with obviously racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. posts, especially when from brand-new or long-dormant accounts.

Fecesbook - Mark Zuckerberg’s democracy plundering data harvesting enterprise

female(s) - unless you’re describing animals or filling out a form, use woman/women please. Better yet, evaluate whether its necessary to use at all. Exception: when used in conjunction with male. See also Topic

feral hog - species of even-toed ungulates, known to roam in packs of 30-50 that run into yards within 3-5 minutes while kids play

FLICC - science denial stratagem: False experts, Logical fallacies, Impossible expectations, Cherry picking, Conspiracy theories

freeze peach - free speech. Typically used in the sarcastic sense (muh rights!)

Fremdscham - Shame felt on behalf of another who, in their oblivion, does not feel shame as a result of doing something shameful. The conceptual opposite, in some ways, of schadenfreude.

FPP - front-page post

FTA - from the article

FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

FWIW - for what it’s worth

GC - Gender Crits. Those folks that “just ask questions” about things that don’t actually impact their lives

Gentleman - derogatory, usually a jerk

Gooseberry - an ad hominem attack @sosumi

GQP - hybrid of GOP and QANON.

hepeating - a man’s repeating of something a woman has just said, typically with no awareness that a woman has already said it.

h/t - hat tip. Acknowledgement of the contributions of another

IANAD - I am not a doctor

IANAL - I am not a lawyer

IANAOEOHFPPE - I am not a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater

IANAS - I am not a scientist

ICE - depending on context, either “internal combustion engine” or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement”

ICYMI - In case you missed it

IIRC - if I recall correctly

IOKIYAR - It’s OK If You’re A Republican

IOW - in other words

JAQ - “just asking questions.” To make outrageous and unsubstantiated accusations using the cover of merely making polite inquiry. Also: “JAQing off”

kapo - original meaning is a Nazi concentration camp prisoner who was given privileges in return for supervising (beating) prisoner work gangs. Known for brutality. Now used to indicate those who side fervently with their own oppressors for personal benefit. Discussion Link

Karen - generally a white woman who uses her privilege to torment others and escalate situations, while simultaneously being oblivious to said privilege. Desires to speak to manager. If you want to debate it, go here: Think of the Karens

Know-Nothing 27% - The portion of any given electorate that is willing to vote for fascist or right-wing sado-populist agendas or politicians. A combination of references to a violent 19th century American Nativist group and writer John Rogers’ joking-but-turns-out-to-be-surprisingly-real “Crazification Factor”.

LEO - law enforcement officer (*not to be confused with Low Earth Orbit where nearly all anthropogenic space activity takes place)


Leopardenfrühstücksgesicht - a face being eaten by leopards. (literally, “leopard’s breakfast face”)

libertarian socialism - Socialism that rejects the idea that centralised power is necessary in a socialist region. Includes most kinds of anarchism, as well as Communalism, libertarian communism and libertarian Marxism. It has some overlap with democratic socialism and is usually opposed to Marxism-Leninism and libertarian capitalism. Real world examples currently include the IWW and North-East Syria.

LLM - Large Language Model. That thing that predicts the next word you will type

mansplaining - the condescending, patronizing explanation of something by a man, typically to a woman, with no awareness of and interest in whether the listener already knows what’s being 'splained.

MAU - Monthly Active User

■■■■■ - Dictionary meaning: ‘somewhat damp.’ On BB, moist is auto-censored as a running gag, courtesy of Rob; because so many people are squicked out by it, for some reason.

NFT - Non Fungible Token. An electronic beanie baby.

octopodes - the only acceptable plural of Octopus. Fight me!

OP - Original poster. Depending on context, can refer to the cited article versus the person actually posting the article.

OTOH - on the other hand

POC - persons of color. Roughly 85% of humanity

PPE - Personal Protective Equipment, e.g. facemasks. Shibboleth for non-trumpers

Privilege - a set of unearned benefits given to people who are in a specific social group. In the U.S., privilege is granted to people who have membership in one or more of these social identity groups: white people, able-bodied people, heterosexuals, cisgender people, males, Christians, middle or owning class people, middle-aged people, English-speaking people. Privilege is characteristically invisible to people who have it. From

Quisling - A pro-fascist collaborator or traitor, named after Norweigian Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling.

reboing - this topic has been posted previously on BB.

reboing - this topic has been posted previously on BB.

Rob Ford - former mayor of Toronto that some may not be aware is now deceased (should we start a thread?). See also Generalissimo Francisco Franco.

RTFA - Read The F*cking Article. See also TFA

RWNJ - Right Wing Nut Job

sadopopulism - a term coined by historian Timothy Snyder to describe a sadistic form of political populism (usually right-wing) that is grounded in and revels in the persecution, disenfranchisement and exclusion of one or more out-groups. See also “the cruelty is the point.”

sealion, sealioning - To JAQ (q.v.) and demand engagement in a relentless extended display of performative politeness. From Wondermark. See also This discussion topic

SEO - Search engine optimization. A way to trick people into clicking on your stuff first

SFOCOTRBEIPR - Sacred Fight Over Control Of The Rubber Bladder Encased In Pigskin Ritual, aka the NFL Superbowl ?

squicked out - Portmanteau of ‘sickened’ and ‘Ick’ - the unpleasant almost physical revulsion some experience upon seeing unpopular words like Moist, Congeal and Phlegm

SWERF - Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist

TER - Transgender Exclusionary Reactionary. Used when there is debate over whether the individual or group are radical feminists. TERFs are also TERs, as they believe things were better before trans people spoiled everything.

TERF - Trangender Exclusionary Radical Feminist. The Venn diagram of TERFs and SWERFs is close to being a single circle.

TFA - The Article In Question; the article linked in the BB post under discussion. Similarly, “TFV” might refer to the video linked in a post, and other nonce variations on the same idea. See also RTFA.

TFG - The Former Guy or That Fucking Guy. Both refer to former president Donald Trump

TKAAR - The kids are all right.

TOT - Tangentially on topic

tots and pears - sarcastic “thoughts and prayers”

Touron - portmanteau of tourist and moron

TPO - Time, place, occasion. (Sometimes a topic is perfectly valid and worth discussing, but just not here and now.)

TPTB - The Powers That Be

Trolley - What you may end up seeing in your post when you think you typed “trol​l”

TSD - Tactical/Strategic Douchebaggery

TW - Trigger Warning. See CW above.

WDKS - we dont know shit

Welcome to BoingBoing, comrade! - Common greeting to newcomers from regular bbs users. Sometimes sincere, sometimes sarcastic. Become a regular to get a sense of which is which!

Whuffie - a form of digital social reputation, replaces money and is a constantly updated rating that measures how much esteem and respect other people have for a person. This rating system determines who gets the few scarce items, like the best housing, a table in a crowded restaurant, or a good place in a queue for a theme park attraction.

WWG1WGA - where we go one, we go all. A phrase used by Qanon supporters. Its a line from the 1996 Jeff Bridges sailing adventure “White Squall” that they misattribute to President Kennedy, because facts don’t matter

wypipo - white people. Typically used in the context of white privilege

WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get

Xtianist - a conservative fundamentalist who expresses their supposed Christianity more as a right-wing ideology of hate and exclusion and greed rather than as a religion focused on a humble and compassionate “Prince of Peace”.

YMMV - your mileage may vary