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pimple

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I'm embarrassed by not knowing what TITSIIFIC means because I'm pretty sure I once used it myself! Perhaps someone can fill n the gap:

"That is _ _ if I _ it correctly"

Very helpful!

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Paul W.

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quote:
Originally posted by pimple:
I'm embarrassed by not knowing what TITSIIFIC means because I'm pretty sure I once used it myself! Perhaps someone can fill n the gap:

"That is _ _ if I _ it correctly"

Very helpful!

You used it previously on this very thread. Unfortunately, it looks like that's the only place it occurs on the entire internet, according to Google. You didn't just make it up, did you? [Big Grin]

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Papio

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quote:
Originally posted by The Silent Acolyte:
I concur, but was too lazy type what RuthW said.

I was under the impression that I had already said it, but hey ho.

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frin

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quote:
Originally posted by pimple:
I'm embarrassed by not knowing what TITSIIFIC means because I'm pretty sure I once used it myself! Perhaps someone can fill n the gap:

"That is _ _ if I _ it correctly"

Very helpful!

I read it as 'that is to say if I follow it correctly'.

Not being able to read your own acronym some time later points to the problem of abbreviating - your readership may not be able to figure out what you are saying either.

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The Silent Acolyte

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Papio, your definition was serviceable, but it didn't ring the buzzer. RuthW's did by locating its origin in the 1970s. A definition without an etymology, or at least attestations, is rather like a play shovel sold for use at the beach: it simulates the form, but you can't do real work with it.
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quote:
Originally posted by Papio:
Doesn't it just mean that your experience, or your interpretation of the experience, might not be exactly the same as the person's you are addressing?

I gave the etymology because I think the definition is clearer with it, and because it's a rare bit of American understatement: the car manufacturers were saying "your mileage may vary" but we all damned well knew our mileage would vary a lot. So when someone says "YMMV," to me they're not saying your experience or interpretation might be different; they're saying they know it will be and are acknowledging that up front.
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quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
quote:
Originally posted by Ann:

They have also had HLMQEtQM for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, although how she got dragged into Eccles, I don't remember.

I was making fun of some of our other abbreviations.
Yerrsss.... I think that might have been after I confused all and sundry with reference to the IoOILBMtEVQoH (Intercession of Our Immaculate Lady, Blessed Mary the Ever Virgin Queen of Heaven).

I've already apologised for that one and consider it unlikely to turn up again. UA1EFUI.*

* unless anyone else fancies using it

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Thanks Alan Cresswell for directing me here, it's really useful! [Smile]

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molopata

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OT = Old Testament

(amongst all the other acronyms it really took me a while to figure out that it didn't mean Originial Thought or something).
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Autenrieth Road

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What does "Snap" mean? Here's a recent use. Does it have other meanings besides whatever it means there?

What does "I'll get my coat" mean?

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According to an online slang dictionary, "Oh snap!" is a phrase uttered in disbelief when something bad happens.
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NAHAY - New Around Here, Are You?
HAND - Have A Nice Day.

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What does "I'll get my coat" mean?

It's a reference to The Fast Show. One of the characters played by Mark Williams used it as a catchphrase. He'd be in conversation with a group of people, say something far too honest and then say "I'll get me coat"

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Gracious rebel

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re 'Snap' - I always understood it to be an allusion to the card game of that name, where you shout 'Snap!' when a matching card shows up. In other words, when used online, I thought it meant 'my experience matches yours'.

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My kids used to use "snap" IRL - it's when two people both say the same thing at the same time. In cyberspace it's used (at least here on the Ship) when two people crosspost with the same (basic) response to a post.
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Someone once replied "Snap!" to me on another board, but at the time I thought what it meant was that I had "snapped" - I had just posted a pretty flamboyant screed in response to some pathetic chauvinist drivel. OliviaG

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Callan
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When I was a mere slip of a lad one said 'jinx' rather than 'snap'.

This is, of course, OT. As in 'off topic' as opposed to Old Testament which Molopata has correctly identified. NT stands for New Testament.

One occasionally comes across references to 'The Plot'. Which is what we call the Orthodox Church around here. More rarely one encounters references to the 'Italian Mission' or the 'Italian Mission to the Irish' which is a reference to the Catholic Church. Catholics occasionally respond with less than flattering nicknames for the Church of England which tend to fall flat because they aren't as funny. [Biased] The unwary should note that The Plot is offence-neutral whereas references to the Italian Mission tend to be construed as unfriendly.

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Adam.

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quote:
Originally posted by Callan:
Catholics occasionally respond with less than flattering nicknames for the Church of England which tend to fall flat because they aren't as funny. [Biased]

Do we? What are they? An important part of my catechesis seems to be missing -- that's what you get for becoming a Catholic in America!

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Autenrieth Road

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Thanks for the "get me coat" and "snap" explanations!

Snap! [Two face]

I'll get my coat. [Hot and Hormonal] [Big Grin]

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The Great Gumby

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quote:
Originally posted by Tubbs:
It's a reference to The Fast Show. One of the characters played by Mark Williams used it as a catchphrase. He'd be in conversation with a group of people, say something far too honest and then say "I'll get me coat"

Or just something generally embarrassing. Anything which you can imagine killing the conversation as everyone stares at you. On these boards, it mainly seems to be used by someone who's cracked a bad joke or made a geeky, pedantic correction. I seem to say it quite a lot... [Hot and Hormonal]

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redoubt
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Can someone explain the use of the word bump, usually in brackets, <bump> . This is often the only word in the post. Maybe it's some web jargon I'm totally unaware of, but I cannot work out what it means.

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One that even I can answer, redoubt.

It's to move the thread up to the top of the Board's first page - as in 'bump up'.

Often done in 'All Saint's' to get a shipmeet thread onto the first page.

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Barnabas62
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YMMV - thanks for that; although I couldn't alaways see how it fitted, I got it into my head that it might mean;

You Make Me Vomit

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sanityman
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quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
quote:
Originally posted by pimple:
Could someone please tell me the precise intention behind YMMV (your mileage may vary...) . To someone ignorant of which garage it originally came out of, there seems to be more than one interpretation. Here are three (and a half):

1. You are driving a different model/taking a diffeent route (You may have other - equally valid - information.

2. Your car/chauffeur/driving skills may be less efficient than mine (which I prefer to trust).

3. Your odometer may have been interfered with (or, beggar the thought!......

3.5 You may be a used-car dealer, of course. (You've been economical with the truth to sell your POV)

Could someone please furnish (hopefully, reassuring) clarification?

I think it goes back to the 1970s in the US, when automobile manufacturers first started advertising what kind of gas mileage their cars got, and then tacked on the disclaimer "your mileage may vary." They were of course quoting mileage their cars got under ideal driving conditions, so put in the disclaimer in order to prevent being sued for false advertising. When someone on the internet says "YMMV" they're just saying they realize that others' experiences/opinions/whatever may very well be different from their own, and with good reason.
Being a UKite (so not having met this disclaimer), and having first encountered it on Usenet in the late Precambrian, I'd understood it to be a reference to phrases like "I wouldn't go that far." i.e. "You may not go as far as that" becomes "Your mileage amy vary."

However, a peruse of the Jargon File suggests that I was mistaken. Thus dies a supposition which I've cherished for over 10 years. [Tear]

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My personal favourite Internet Abbreviations:

Lol, Lmao, Rofl and roflmao. that would be Laughing out loud, laughing my ass off, rolling on the floor and rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.

HF. this is my general ending to MSN convos, standing for HAVE FUN! which you all should do as regularly as possible.

wtf. what the fuck!

omg. Oh My God! Blasphemy in shorthand!

omfg. Oh My Fucking God!

l33t. Elite, used by hackers and has been stolen by what appears to be the whole world, means cool or amazing ... 1337

For a variety of random internet (and other) slang visit http://www.urbandictionary.com/ [Smile]

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monkeylizard

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um...gee...thanks for that..

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RooK

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Come now, monkeylizard, surely it's good for us to know that we all look like a bunch of fucking imbeciles with absolutely no experience on the intertubes such that even the most basic and commonplace abbreviations need to be explained to us in moronically sparse detail.
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Ham'n'Eggs

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quote:
Originally posted by mmmerangue:
My personal favourite Internet Abbreviations:

<snipped>

NAHAY?

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Lynn MagdalenCollege
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quote:
Originally posted by Barnabas62:
YMMV - thanks for that; although I couldn't alaways see how it fitted, I got it into my head that it might mean;

You Make Me Vomit

eeep! I use YMMV with some frequency and the B62 reading would be quite different in intent!

"I'll get my coat" makes me think of the "Here's your hat, what's your hurry?" phrase, only directed at oneself. Kind of a "Don't let the door hit you on the way out--" phrase.

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Jengie jon

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Is it just me but I think "I'll get my coat" predates Tubbs reference.

I am used to the phrase used slightly differently in phrases like "Time to get your coat", "Come on here's your coat" to basically mean "its time to leave".

So someone posting "I'll get my coat" is saying, right I know I have misread the situation, I'll leave this conversation to you guys.

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duchess

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quote:
Originally posted by RooK:
Come now, monkeylizard, surely it's good for us to know that we all look like a bunch of fucking imbeciles with absolutely no experience on the intertubes such that even the most basic and commonplace abbreviations need to be explained to us in moronically sparse detail.

Shut up you depraved pagan-worshiping heathen maple leaf rag piece of maple sap! Some of us ARE in need of that explanation! I did not know all of them. I do avoid knowing them since I enjoy being a pollyana. I hope you appreciate the love I just shared with you, hockey puck. I know you feel all warm and tingly inside now.
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Alfred E. Neuman

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quote:
Originally posted by duchess:
... I know you feel all warm and tingly inside now.

Given that your response was the longest delayed come-back in the history of the Ship (2 months+), his tingly warmth may be a bit subdued.

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duchess

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oh crap. I just noticed that. [Hot and Hormonal]
I suck.

[eta: thanks for opening my pollyana eyes to that one, Steel-plated man!]

[ 21. April 2007, 20:02: Message edited by: duchess ]

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jlg

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Not to mention that RooK's currently on shore leave.
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duchess

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He's not viewing the ship at all? (Browsing)?

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Janine

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Einstein said something about thinking remembering lots of trivia (like how many feet in a mile) wasn't useful. I mean, you can look it up, why clutter your brain with that stuff?

SO go ahead and don't worry about all the esoterica of the Web-Ites. You don't know what an abbrevation is, just look it up. Or ask folks, People love to feel needed and smart and stuff like that, because they can teach you something.

Some stuff has two meanings anyway, yes?

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Alfred E. Neuman

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quote:
Originally posted by Janine:
I mean, you can look it up, why clutter your brain with that stuff?

Because indexed sequential is faster than random access.

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Finally I can stop torturing myself trying to work out what ETA means.

Next I will have to work out how to edit I suppose..

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RooK

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quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
Not to mention that RooK's currently on shore leave.

No, I'm back from Kauai now.
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Kelly Alves

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quote:
Originally posted by ValS:
According to an online slang dictionary, "Oh snap!" is a phrase uttered in disbelief when something bad happens.

More on "snap"

Couldn't find it on UD, but I have also seen it used as a noun to indicate an insult, usually directed at somebody's female family members, but a really cutting insult in general. Also as a verb to describe the act of insulting somebody thusly.

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quote:
Originally posted by RooK:
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
Not to mention that RooK's currently on shore leave.

No, I'm back from Kauai now.
Watch out or I'll put Sheep 3 in Hell and let her *plop* all over the place. [Razz]
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mousethief

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Other cafe acros (incl some already mentioned):

wb = welcome back
ty = thank you
np = no problem
oic = oh i see
brb = be right back

brb can also be used as an adjective -- "So-and-so is brb." I never see "afk" (away from keyboard) anymore.

Also if you get kicked off, when you come back people may offer you a towel, the idea being that you fell overboard (into the sea) and are therefore wet and cold.

[ 23. May 2008, 00:02: Message edited by: mousethief ]

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Why do some people's names have an asterisk at the end? Does it mean anything, or do they just choose to add it when they choose the name? Why does Sine exist in two incarnations: Sine Nomine* and Sine Nomine?

Thanks,
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quote:
Originally posted by Lydia:
Why do some people's names have an asterisk at the end? Does it mean anything, or do they just choose to add it when they choose the name? Why does Sine exist in two incarnations: Sine Nomine* and Sine Nomine?

For some people, the asterisk is an affectation.

In Siné's case, though, it's because he bought himself a new membership with a fashionably low member number at the Ship's action a while back. His higher-number/less-cool account was then altered to have the asterisk at the end so that his new account could have his regular name. There are a few other member number auction winners as well, so there should be more instances of versions with an asterisk name place-holder.

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The other reason that some people may have an asterisk in their name is because they changed their name several times in succession (during one of the name change amnesties) then decided to go back to their original name after all - but the software would not allow the name to be reused so soon (or something like that) so they ended up using an asterisk to differentiate the new name from the old name which was not allowed. I seem to recall that for some of these people, come the next amnesty, they were finally able to shed the unwanted asterisk.

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Which is why you should think long and hard about making name changes. In order to faciliate this extended process, our beloved Community Editor, the blessed Erin, gives us plenty of time between amnesties to ponder our choice.

She's very thoughtful and considerate about such things.

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I just remembered I posted this question weeks ago, and then life got busy and I forgot to come back and look for the answer.

So a very belated thank you to RooK and Gracious Rebel. [Hot and Hormonal]

Lydia

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Could someone please tell me what TEC means?

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The Episcopal Church (of the USA).

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For the newbies, or other interested parties:

AC - Anglo-Catholic
CofE - Church of England
ECUSA - Episcopal Church in the USA (now TEC)
ELCA - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCC - Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada
LCMS - Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
PCUSA - Presbyterian Church in the USA
PCC - Presbyterian Church in Canada
RC - Roman Catholic Church
RCA - Roman Catholic Church in America
TEC - The Episcopal Church (US)
UC, or UCA - Uniting Church of Australia
UCC - United Church of Christ (US)
UCCan - United Church of Canada
UMC - The United Methodist Church (US)

That's all I can think of, at the moment.

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