Acronyms and Glossary (wiki)

Decoder ring for various acronyms and terms used on the BB.

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/s - this statement is sarcasm

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

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

BRIAN BLESSED - BRIAN BLESSED!

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 invisible 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

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.

MAU - Monthly Active User

■■■■■ - somewhat damp

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

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

Sado-Populism - 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.

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

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.

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”

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

TPTB - The Powers That Be

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.

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

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

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Added CHUD

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Affirmed “Octopodes” is the only acceptable plural of Octopus. Take that!

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May I suggest some additions?

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

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It’s a wiki so you should be able to edit yourself. But I can add.

ETA: Done!

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Added TSD - Tactical/Strategic Douchebaggery @docosc

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Added Karen. Not sure how it was missed before.

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I hope nobody minds that I’ve added “TKAAR - The kids are all right.” It seems like we’re having more and more opportunities to say that these days - Yay!

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Added FLICC and FUD

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Added FTA and OP

ETA: Also added Rob Ford.

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Added link to the “Karen” page to the Karen definition.

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Added BIPOC

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Added Whuffie.

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Added libertarian socialism, after having seen a discussion about what it is and isn’t somewhere else.

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Added “JAQ” and “sealion”, because I can’t believe they weren’t there.

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Added TPTB. Also adding link to the BBS Style guide, which is more about how to get creative with your formatting when creating posts

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Added CW and TW

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