For us newbies, some of us don`t know what all that means.
What are you asking about? Abbreviation of what?
That is an abbreviated question
Maybe things like OCF (Old Car Festival) put a list of the abbr. and someone will help you
I'm NOT a "newbie" and I don't get all those abreviations either! I figured out "OCF" as "Old Car Festival" but I still don't know what "MM" is! Seems like since the advent of "texting", many people have ceased using whole words to communicate, but then, wife says I'm just a "grumpy ol' fart". (She's probably right!)
MM - Motor Muster
I thought MM was candy! LOL
OT isn't always apparent to newcomers.
Thanks Mark......and ya' know what? I AM getting to be a "grumpy ol' fart", but I can't help it! It seems to me that between "auto-correct" and "texting" and sometimes, no punctuation at all (due to the influence of "texting") it's becoming harder and harder to make sense of some posts on the forum.
The candy would be M&M's. Shorten words have been around for a very long time in communication, think of the telegraph, key strokes cost money or look in the Ford parts books.
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I retired in 2011 after 35 years as an engineer in the defense industry, so I became conditioned to abbreviations and acronyms.
Using acronyms can be problematic. For example:
In spring of 2000 I started a new job in Davis, CA. I observed that the local transit system is called, "Davis Area Rapid Transit". The acronym DART is everywhere.
So, what do they call it in Fresno?
Yeah Henry,but what amazes me is the number of acronyms that I learned in the navy that have Migrated to civilian life but the people don't know what they mean Snafu /Fubar...etc
"Sighted sub, sank same."
MM = Mammary Madness
Synonym: My two best friends.
Wasn't it Bob hope who sang "Thanks for the Mammaries"?
I am thankful EVERY DAY !
SOS and WTFO come to mind. Although not usually acronyms, flaghoist communications typically use 4 flags, each representing a letter of the alphabet or a number. They're coded and you need the key to understand them. Some are contractions, like "WILLCO", meaning "will comply".
I spent most of my working life in California public school construction. If you're interested in how ridiculous an alphabet soup can be, poke around on the OPSC website "Office of Public School Construction"). It's truly amazing.
I like the latest ''OWM''....hillery and the media sure don't! I like the spelling too.
Ocf Got answered thank you, another one is bump? A lot of these terms we don't under stand and to afraid to ask, I was hoping after 2 or 3 years I would figure some of these out. I know I`m slow, I bet I`m not the only one.
Ask away. Thats how I learn. If there is no answer one will be rapidly made up.
Drive safe and often
The word "Bump" is used to bring a topic or subject back up to the top of the forum. Sometimes it's "BTT" = Bump to top.
Rick, if someone posts a message on the forum and no one responds, it slides slowly down the page until people aren't likely to see it when they log on. If someone adds to the message thread, then the thread moves back up to the top of the page. People post "Bump" to bump the message in question back to the top because someone thinks it should be read by more people who may have missed it the first time.
Dennis beat me to it....
I had to laugh at myself after reading a tech article that mentioned AI the other day...of course they were referring to Artificial Intelligence, but what came first to my mind was the guy that comes in the pickup truck to breed the cows! That was high tech once, too...
Once you reach an advanced stage of maturity everything reminds you of something else, and Mark's comment that "key strokes cost money" reminds me of a story. To save money, it was common practice to leave unnecessary words out of telegraph messages. Once a studio publicity department wanted to know Cary Grant's age. He was vacationing in Mexico, and they sent him a telegram asking, "How old Cary Grant?" His telegram back to them read, "Old Cary Grant fine. How you?"
BART refers to the "Bay Area Rapid Transit". I always called it the "Frisco Area Rapid Transit". It was fun to watch the puzzled look on people's faces turn to a laugh.
The only one above I am not familiar with is Gary H's "OWM"? Do I want to know?
I grew up in cutting edge communications technology. I don't care how many "personal computers" transmit "political correctness"? "PC" will always mean "printed circuit". The problem with so much of this is that it changes from week to week, and focus interests.
Jack and Burger think the same things as I do.
Jack probably knows that Curtis Candy has nothing to do with sugar...
Growing up on a dairy farm we view things a bit different
Among the other things that I do to pay the bills is recreate old radio shows in front of a live audience, like they used to do.
I wanted to name that company, "The Fine Arts Radio Theatre".
Thanks guys it helps to know what people are talking about, it helped me I know others will appreciate it.
Does that mean you smell money when you hear F.A.R.T.
Dallas, I smell money when my backers F.A.R.T!!!
So, Marty, if you smell money, can deaf folks enjoy F.A.R.T too ?
OWM= OLD WHITE MEN...the lefts latest term for the folks that voted for the other old white man...(not that anything is wrong with that). LOL
If you are in the Navy and need to find out what an abbreviation is, you look it up in the DICNAB. Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations. Now to go dump some MMO in the car.....
Abbreviations are good for texting or emails I guess. Sometimes I have to look them up, like PITA is pain in the a--, hmu is hit me up, saw that on Facebook and looked it up. Talking though gets on my nerves like eating at KFC or watching SNL. Unless it hurts to talk just say it. But that's just me IMHO.
Cory,....no, not "just you"! Bugs me too!
I got an email from a cousin who had been in the Navy, so I guess he was used to acronyms.
He sent an email to me that was followed by WTF.
My wife was reading it over my shoulder and said " That doesn't make ant sense. Why would he put Wednesday, Thursday, Friday behind that?"
My son had to explain it to her.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit.....DART
Sister City Fortworth had a problem...F..T
When I read the words on this forum that I find scrawled on mens's restroom walls it lowers the respect that I have for that poster. The same goes for the mens room abbreviations. I am still trying to figure out what some of them mean. I finally figured out WTF. I think we should learn to communicate without abbreviations and unsavory language. My grandfather once told me that using foul language was the only thing that he ever did that gained him absolutely nothing.
Actually, guys, there's a very active brass-era touring group called the F.A.R.T.S. Their cars have a big plaque that says so. In smaller print, it says Friends of Ancient Road Transportation. I'm not a member; it's by invitation only, and I haven't been invited.
Gilbert, That's too bad you haven't been invited, sounds like that group's a Gas!
This thread finally explained to me what "Roger Willco, out" came from (Oh great, a new one, I suppose, "RWO".)
What intrigues me is what the users of these ridiculous abbreviations are going to do with the vast amounts of time they save by not writing things in full. I'm sure if they added up these savings, they could probably rebuild a whole model T!!!!! or at least a coil or two, over a lifetime.
Al from D U.
The things one learns on this Forum is awesome indeed.
Those F.A.R.T. people have some good looking machinery...
Rick : there are no "Dumb questions" especially if you were an Ordie like me. I was once asked why I always critiqued (or reviewed) all of my test with students, wasn't I afraid that all of the answers would leak out to the next class? I answered this way."You work on bombs, missiles, rockets, 20mm 6 shooters and other things that go bang in the night,If I give you a pop quiz with ten questions and you get 9 right you passed. The one that you got wrong is probably the one you are absolutely sure that you got right! That may Kill you, me & a whole bunch of friends" I want everyone to know all of the correct answers.
As I understand it, the acronym "F.O.R.D" has two meanings: "Fix Or Repair Daily", and "Found On the Road Dead".
Take your pick.
Trent you forgot First On Race Day.
Thanks for that one. I will add it to the list.
I have known a few people like Lenney describes. Never speak a
"foul" word, but have a supreme command of the English language
that allows them to say things every bit as demonstratively as if they
were a USMC drill instructor.
Most "clean speaking" types do not have the mastery of vocabulary
and just come off as wimps. As someone who likes really great story
telling and tries to emulate great story tellers, I prefer "character" and
the CHARACTERS of these stories to be interesting. Milquetoast
people with boring language stand out like toilet paper in a snowbank.
Not good story making material. Some of my favorite experiences
and stories involve the saltiest characters a person could imagine.
Anyone here know Taco Mike ?
The USMC was a gold mine of verbal imagery and experience. I
laugh my ass off any time I get back around a Marine and the stories
start to fly. Who else considers the word "maggot" a term of
endearment and honor ?
F.O.R.D.= For Old Retired Drivers
Mark Twain said: When angry, count to ten. When very angry, swear.
Ah yes; out on the American Inland waterways, folks like me are known as FRNs by the boat crews. Now, one can debate the actual words these letters stand for, we FRNs prefer to think they stand for "Friendly River Nuts." Now the boat crews tend to have a different first word, and the moniker was intended to be insulting; BUT we who are called FRNs consider it an honor, and now call each other by that moniker.
Isn't that how most "nicknames" go?
We made up our own "group" T shirts too: "Soot Happens" which is something you'd have to be on a steamboat to understand. Let's just say that you don't sit down in a deck chair in the morning without wiping it off first, and only crew officers wear white--what an impractical color to wear out on deck on a steamboat!
There was an acquaintance who had a dislike for certain people - always spoke "cleanly" of them - called them - sometimes to their face - "a true love child". Most times the recipient did not understand the meaning.
LOL! (Requisite modern abbreviation acronym!)
David D, Some years back, at some tourist mecca, I noticed a fellow tourist wearing a T-shirt that said "Soot Happens", and I figured it had some special meaning. Now I know what it was.
For a short time in grade school I had the nick name of maggot, the first letter in my name are M, A, G. I was never bothered by it.
FORD: Flippin Old Rebuilt Dodge. Insert the appropriate F word where it belongs if you wish. Someone had to type it and we used it when I was young. Sorry Lenney.
Very interesting thread.
Soot Happens... I like! :-) And that's exactly why I stay inside the building with the steam engines... "It's very clean." (From another thread and from the Shrek movie when they get close to that town of John Lithgow's... Who says I don't admit to having an internal dialog?) ;-) wink wink (say no more)...(what's it like?). Two of you will get that one if you put an English (British) accent on it.
Thread Drifting right back out to the T shed now.
Duey, I say, old chap, this isn't proper conversation for high tea, rather!
No sah, 'tis not. Awful many Tinney waads here sah. Mmm?
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The danish word for SPEED is FART....
That gives english speaking people som LOL's when for example the press the button on an old Thrige built (Danish) elevator:
("I FART" means "In movement")
Here is another more advanced since it also tells you whether it is on it way to you ("Hertil")
Finally when you drive in urban areas, the authorities may have set up a sign that shows you speed "Din fart":
How about, F'd Over Real Dandy. My elderly neighbor used to say it all the time. Wish he was still around, great mechanic.
Michael, your post about Danish brought back a memory. In 1975, the Austin Ten Drivers Club in England organized a "Continental Tour." The English Austin people crossed to Belgium, where a handful of Dutch Austin families met them, and we did a two-week camping trip. There was some amusement when the English folks encountered the Dutch for "you can" on a menu. The phrase, "You can order coffee or tea" in Dutch is "U kunt koffie of thee bestellen."
There are times I hertil I fart.
What a relief !
My ex-wife was a jealous paranoid type and the German word for 6 sounds like sex. Every time the phone would ring she would jump in my lap to hear so when my grandma called I'd talk to her in German and it drove her nuts. Especially if I said something like "I talked to aunt Brenda yesterday around six" of course the fight was on then but it served her right for being so nosy. My grandma speaks English just fine. lol I don't miss that bs.
And why she would think I would be talking about sex with my grandma is a mystery to me
because females are mysterious!
Dennis, thanks for the definition of BUMP. I didn't know what it meant either.