scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Writing clearly
Marc Godbout (marcgodbout@LANCAST.COM
Mon Jul 31 2000 - 14:02:20 CDT
OTOH = On The Other Hand
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
These are "Internet-isms" or short-hand for commonly-used terms, somewhat
similar to the "smileys" or "emoticons" used to convey emotions. :>)
Other short-hand terms I've seen around:
IMO = In My Opinion
PMFJI = Pardon Me For Jumping In - Used to break into a conversation.
FYI = For Your Information - Dates long before the internet. Maybe this is
what gave rise to all the others???
WRT = With Respect To
OT = Off Topic, usually used in the subject line to indicate the message
does not cover the regular mailing list/newsgroup/etc. subject matter.
IOW = In Other Words
<G> = Grin - Always has the brackets, "<" and ">"
<VBG> = Very Big Grin - Usually has the brackets.
ROTFL or ROFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing - A response to a funny
(sometimes unintentional) statement. Often used sarcastically.
ROTFLMYAO = Rolling On the Floor Laughing My A** Off. Somehow I don't
really think the author is actually rolling on the floor when he or she
types this. Probably a little artistic license :>)
RTFM = Read The Fine Manual - Usually a sarcastic response to a simple or
obvious question. This being a Scout List, I've used the word "Fine"
instead of a less scout-like word. FWIW (For What It's Worth), MIT has
named one of their servers rtfm.mit.edu to house all sorts of
internet-related information and FAQ's.
FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions. Almost forgot this biggie. Over time a
mailing list/forum/newsgroup will see the same questions over and over from
those new to a group. Some nice person in the group will then collect these
questions and publish, sometimes on a regular basis, this list to help the
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary - Indicates that your experiences may lead you
to different conclusions than the author.
I know there are more, but I can't think of them at the moment, although I
hope I've impressed enough here with my vast knowledge of the internet :>)
Actually, once you get clued in to a few of these, it gets to be a type of
puzzle game figuring out the new ones - kind of like figuring out vanity
Of course, each mailing list/newsgroup/forum will probably have it's own
anagrams related to the subject matter, such as COH (Court of Honor) ...,
but these are terms embedded in sentences, while the above shorthands are
usually either sentences by themselves or have a comma after them.
Hope this helps a few out there.
YiS = Yours in Scouting
Crew 98 Advisor
Derry, NH = New Hampshire :>)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Edwards [mailto:paul_edwards@ATT.NET]
> would someone explain to me what is meant
> by "OTOH" and "IMHO"? Sometimes at work I use sentences
> like, "We need a TWP NCR on the VSCU because it is
> causing EMI in the #2 HF."