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Abbreviations can be a Nightmare

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I have noticed in reading posts on the Forum and elsewhere an increasing use of capitalized abbreviations, including some for various models of wristwatch. I do realise that as members of a watch forum, we are meant to be able to decipher watch-jargon, but some of us (well, me for one) sometimes have to spend a few minutes trying to work out exactly what an abbreviation stands for.  I believe that there is a standard protocol when using abbreviations that is quite useful; the word or phrase is written once in full, followed by the abbreviated form in brackets, then subsequent to that in the text, the abbreviation can be used on its own.:) 

 

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TLAs (three letter abbreviations) and FLAs (four/five letter abbreviations) plague my workplace.

Its amusing to ask people what they are for them to flounder because people don't know what they are just the parlance!

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21 hours ago, Always"watching" said:

I have noticed in reading posts on the Forum and elsewhere an increasing use of capitalized abbreviations, including some for various models of wristwatch. I do realise that as members of a watch forum, we are meant to be able to decipher watch-jargon, but some of us (well, me for one) sometimes have to spend a few minutes trying to work out exactly what an abbreviation stands for.  I believe that there is a standard protocol when using abbreviations that is quite useful; the word or phrase is written once in full, followed by the abbreviated form in brackets, then subsequent to that in the text, the abbreviation can be used on its own.:) 

 

Completely agree. These people suffer from SSAS, and should RTFM, ASAP. Thanks, got that off my chest now. :thumbsup:

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RTFM... Reminds me of when my seconday school biology teacher would write ATQ (answer the question) in the margin of essays as a means to focus you back to the topic.

In year 11 upwards he'd get ore frustrated and write ATFQ, underline it and follow up with an exclamation mark

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During my time in the Oil & Gas industry, the various companies all had a document in the EDMS, containing TLA's, acronyms and synonyms.

At one company I was given the task of editing and updating the company document.

Started off OK, but CBF'd soon kicked in.  :laughing2dw::laugh:

 

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6 minutes ago, Hayballs said:

During my time in the Oil & Gas industry, the various companies all had a document in the EDMS, containing TLA's, acronyms and synonyms.

At one company I was given the task of editing and updating the company document.

Started off OK, but CBF'd soon kicked in.  :laughing2dw::laugh:

 

Yep, I deal with COMAH, reviewing MAPPs, MAHs and MATTEs, making sure KPIs are relevant and that a company can keep its R&H TifALARP. 

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On 20/05/2020 at 16:14, Always"watching" said:

I have noticed in reading posts on the Forum and elsewhere an increasing use of capitalized abbreviations, including some for various models of wristwatch. I do realise that as members of a watch forum, we are meant to be able to decipher watch-jargon, but some of us (well, me for one) sometimes have to spend a few minutes trying to work out exactly what an abbreviation stands for.  I believe that there is a standard protocol when using abbreviations that is quite useful; the word or phrase is written once in full, followed by the abbreviated form in brackets, then subsequent to that in the text, the abbreviation can be used on its own.:) 

 

I still keep and update whenever I remember, the Watch Forum Acronym list. I'll post it again for the newer members and you, Honour. If there's any missing from the list below, let me know and I'll update it. :thumbsup:

The Watch Forum Acronym List.

AAP..............Always a pleasure.
ABC………...Altimeter, Barometer, Compass. (As in the ProTrek/Suunto watches.)
ABP..............Already been posted.
AD…………..Authorised dealer.
ADL..............All day long.
AFAIK………As far as I know.
AKA..............Also known as.
AR………….Anti-reflective.
ASAP...........As soon as possible.
ATB.............All the best.
ATD.............Attention to detail.
ATM………..At the moment.
ATQ.............Answer the question.
AUP.............Another useless post.
AWHFY.......Are we having fun yet?
BH...............Better half (wife/girlfriend)
BIN..............Buy it now.
BION...........Believe it or not.
BLNT...........Better luck next time.
BNIB...........Brand new in box.
BNWT.........Brand new with tags.
BOT............Back on topic.
BTW...........By the way....

CGAF……..Couldn’t give a f**k
COA...........Certificate of authenticity.
CYE............Check your email
DB..............Daily beater
DILLIGAF...Do I look like I give a f**k.
DIY.............Do it yourself
DNFTT........Do not feed the troll
DWMT........Don't waste my time
EFA.............Edited for accuracy
FEDEX........Federal express
FFS.............For f**k's sake
FOW...........Female only watch
FS...............For sale.
FSOT..........For sale or trade.
FTW............For the win/F**k the world.
FU...............Frowned upon
Fugly...........F**king ugly.
FWIW..........For what it's worth...
GAC............Guilty as charged
GCF............Good clean fun
GF...............Girlfriend.

GIF………...Graphics interchange format. A short clip of film that repeats over and over.
GLWT..........Good luck with that.

GLWTS……..Good luck with the sale.

GMV..............Got my vote

GTM…………Get the message.

HAGWE……..Have a good weekend.

HEV………….Helium escape valve.

HTH………….Hope this helps.
IBS…………...Impulse buying syndrome.
IF....................Insufficient funds
IIRC................If I recall/remember correctly.
IMO................In my opinion.
IMHO.............In my humble/honest opinion.
ISTR..............I seem to recall/remember.
IYSWIM……..If you see what I mean.
IGMC.............I'll get my coat.

JDM…………Japanese domestic market.
JFY...............Just for you.
KYO..............Knock yourself out.
LAL………….Look-a-like.
LMAO……….Laughing my @r$e off.
LOL...............Laughing out loud.
MMTS………More money than sense.
MTP..............Missed the point.
NOS..............New old stock.
OBO.............Or best offer.

OEM………..Original manufacturer’s equipment.
OH................Other half.
OHPF............On hold, pending funds.
OP…………..Original poster.
OTOH...........On the other hand...
PHAT............Pretty hot and tempting
PITA…………Pain in the @r$e.
PM................Private message.
PMSL……….Pi$$ing myself laughing.
POS…………Piece of $hite
PWP………...Posted/ing while pi$$ed.
ROFL……….Rolling on the floor laughing.
RTI………….Read the instructions.
SAD.............Sad and delusional.
SC/SF..........Sales corner/Sales forum.
SWMBO......She who must be obeyed.
SFW............Special forces watch.
TMI…………Too much information.
TMSIDK.......Tell me something I don't know.
TOGA..........'The Old Groaner's Association'. (found in the joke section)
TTIUWP……This thread is useless without pics.
TTIWWP.......This thread is worthless without pics.
UTI...............Under the influence
VDB..............Vintage daily beater
WHY.............What have you.
WIS..............Watch idiot savant.
WLTB...........Would like to buy.
WRUW………What are you wearing?
WTB..............Want to buy
WTF..............What the f**k.
WTTC............Welcome to the club.
WYSIWYG….What you see is what you get.

Beater.....A watch worn most days.

PloProf....Shortened version of 'Plongeurs Professionels' (Professional diver) and refers to the Omega Seamaster 600, whose French developers nicknamed it thus.

710......A humorous/affectionate term for the wife/GF which revolves around the old joke about the blonde who goes into a garage and tells the bemused mechanic that the '710' is missing from her car. The mechanic can find nothing wrong, so he asks her to show him on another engine...whereupon she points and says "There...that's what's missing from mine!'

Oil (710) pic.


WABI.....Every day knocks and scrapes, wear, dirt etc. that accumulate on a well worn watch. From the Japanese Wabi Sabi...no, I don't know either...google it!  It has been suggested that WABI could also mean ‘Worn and broken in’.

 

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