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Email Abbreviations & Lingo
People who use the Internet and email extensively have developed a vocabulary of abbreviations for commonly used phrases and even symbols for facial expressions. There is also "pseudo-formatting" of plain text: asterisks indicate *italic* or *bold text* (emphasis) and underscores suggest _underlined text_.
The following is a collection of email abbreviations that have been used by Continuum List subscribers.
CC or TCC -- The Continuum Concept. Also, CC used as an adjective might be thought of as "continuum-correct", i.e., in accord with the principles of The Continuum Concept.
AP -- attachment parenting (similar to CC parenting)
BTW -- by the way
dh/dw/dd/ds -- a reference to members of one's immediately family: dear husband, dear wife, dear daughter, dear son (etc.)
FYI -- for your information
e.g. -- "for example" (from the Latin exempli gratia)
i.e. -- "that is" or "in other words" (from the Latin id est)
IYKWIM -- if you know what I mean
KWIM? -- know what I mean?
IMO -- in my opinion
IMHO -- in my humble opinion
IMNSHO -- in my not-so-humble opinion
JL -- Jean Liedloff, author of The Continuum Concept
LCN -- the Liedloff Continuum Network
LLL -- La Leche League (international breastfeeding support organization)
LOL -- laugh out loud
TCC -- The Continuum Concept (see "CC" above)
TCS -- Taking Children Seriously, an organization that promotes a libertarian philosophy of parenting and education. [In the early 2000s, some members of the Continuum list were integrating TCS with TCC. See: Intro to TCS.]
Any facial expression or non-verbal sound may be spelled out and placed in angle brackets. Examples:
ALSO SEEN ON THE CONTINUUM LIST
a.k.a. -- also known as
AR -- anal-retentive (in the Freudian sense) or, more politely, absolutely rigid (perfectionistic)
BF -- breastfed or breastfeed
BTDT -- been there, done that
dks/dk's -- dear kids
FWIW -- for what it's worth
H/G -- hunter/gatherer
IRL -- in real life
ISTM -- it seems to me
JM2c -- just my two cents
MIL/FIL/SIL/BIL -- mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law.
MOL -- Mother OutLaw ;-)
MS -- mainstream
OTOH -- on the other hand
ROTFLOL -- rolling on the floor laughing out loud
SAH -- stay-at-home [mom/dad]
s.o. -- significant other
(sp?) -- "Spelling?" (indicates the previous word may be misspelled)
TANSTAAFL -- "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."
TIA -- thanks in advance
TTYL -- talk to you later
TTFN -- "ta ta" for now (goodbye)
UC -- unassisted childbirth
WAH -- work-at-home [mom/dad]
WRT -- with regard to
YKHII -- you know how it is
YMMV -- your mileage may vary
:-D big smile :-P sticking tonue out :-O gasping
If you saw an abbreviation that is not listed above, please do not use the list to request an explanation; rather, directly ask the subscriber who used the abbreviation, or request help from the listowner.
Updated May, 2000