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Old 08-06-2017, 06:19 AM   #1
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Rant: Overuse of abbreviations

I know, we all love abbreviations, they save a lot of typing. When we are chatting among ourselves I think they are great to use. But when responding to questions from newbies (ie..low post count) we should really avoid using them. Just this morning I see responses asking a new member how much his television weighs (TV) and another telling the poster he needs an ambulance (EMS). Seriously, we should give some thought in our responses. Let's not run them off before having a chance to get to know them.
I suppose we have a list of common abbreviations on here somewhere. If not then perhaps we should (just don't expect the newbies to have found and used it just yet-- I haven't.)
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:32 AM   #2
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Here ya go! Edited by wmtire- shamelessly copied from all over the place!

4X2 = 2 Wheel Drive
4X4 = 4 Wheel Drive
4WD = 4 Wheel Drive
5er = Fifth Wheel
5ver = Fifth Wheel
A/C = Air Conditioner
AC = Alternating Current as in 120VAC (sometimes mistakingly used for air conditioner)
AFAIK = As Far As I Know
AMP = Amperes
ATF = Automatic Transmission Fluid
ATS = Automatic Transfer Switch (from shore to generator power)
BC = Brake Controller
BLM or BOLM = Bureau Of Land Management
BTW = By The Way
CAPS = Capital Letters. Using all CAPS is considered SCREAMING
CC = Crew Cab of a TV (4 Door)
CCC = Cargo Carrying Capacity
CF = Camp Fire
CG = Camp Ground
COE = Corp of Engineers (US Army)
CRS = Can't Remember Shi... Dang CSR, I forgot the next letter
CTD = Cummins Turbo Diesel (Dodge)
CW = Camping World
D/A = Duramax/Alison (Chevrolet or GMC)
DC = Direct Current as in 12VDC
DH = Darling Hubby or Husband, Dear Hubby, Da%& Hubby, Designated Hitter (baseball)
Dinghy = See Toad
Dmax = Duramax diesel (GM)
DRW = Dual Rear Wheels
Dooley = Dual Rear Wheels
DS = Dump Station
DSL = Digital Subscriber Line
DSS = Door Side Scare "light" (see ODS)
Dually = Dual Rear Wheels
DP = Diesel Pusher as used in an MH
DW = Dear Wife, Darling Wife, Da%& Wife, Dim Wit, Dish Washer (same as Dear Wife), Darryl Waltrip (NASCAR)
EC = Extended Cab of a TV
EPDM = Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (Rubber Roofing)
ERS = Emergency Road Service
ESP = Extended Service Plan
FAQ or FAQs = Frequently Asked Questions
FHU = Full Hook Up (also see WES)
FIVER = 5th Wheel
FRF = Forest River Forums
FROG = Forest River Owners Group
FT = Full Time camper (sometimes F/T)
Furry Kids = Pets
FW = Fifth Wheel
FWIW = For What It's Worth
FYI = For Your Information
G8R = Gator
GPS = Global Positioning System or Satellite
GAWR or GAW = Gross Axle Weight Rating
GCVW or GCW = Gross Combined Vehicle Weight
GCWR = Gross Combination Weight Rating
GTWR = Gross Trailer Weight Rating
GVW or GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
GOB = Good ol' Boy
HD = Heavy Duty
HH = Happy Hour
HWH = Hot Water Heater (Why would you heat hot water?)
IBSRV = International Brotherhood/Sisterhood of RVers
IIRC = If I Remember Correctly
IKR = I know right
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
IMO = In My Opinion
IP = Internet Provider
ISP = Internet Service Provider (sometimes written DISP = Da$& Internet Service Provider)
L8R = Later
L8R G8R = Later Gator
LMAO = Laughing My A__ Off
LB = Long Box or Bed of a Tow Vehicle
LOL = Laughing Out Loud , Lots Of Luck, Lots Of Love
LT = Light Truck tires(as in LT245 tires)
MBS = Mercedes Benz Sprinter Diesel Chassis and is formerly known as the Solera Class C RV
MDT = Medium Duty Truck
MIL = Mother in-law (other in-laws can be FIL, SIL, and DIL)
MOC = Montana Owners Club
MH = Motor Home
MTCW = My Two Cents Worth
NCC = Net Carrying Capacity
NPS = National Park Service
OALAEHO = Opinions Are Like A__holes, Everybody Has One
ODS = Opposite Door-side Scare "light" (see DSS)
OEM = Original Equipment by the Manufacturer
OHC = Overhead Cabinet
OP = Original Post or Original Poster
OPD = Overfill Prevention Device (on LP gas cylinders)
PDI = Pre-Delivery Inspection
PM = Private Message
PSD = Power Stroke Diesel (Ford}
PU = Pop Up trailer
PUGS = Pop Up Gizmos (reflective covers for tent campers)
PW = Pressure Washer
Qs = Question(s)
RGV = Rio Grande Valley
ROTFLOL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud
ROTFLMAO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A__ Off
RV = Recreational Vehicle
SB = Short Box or Bed of a Tow Vehicle
SCWR = Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating
SKP = Escapee
SOB = Some Other Brand (of RV)
SP = State Park
SRW = Single Rear Wheels
ST = Trailer tires (as in ST225)
TC = Truck camper
TH = Toy Tauler
TMI = Too Much Information
TOAD = A vehicle towed behind a MH
TP = Toilet Paper
Trlr = Trailer
TT = Travel Trailer
TV = Tow Vehicle and on a rare occasion TeleVision
TWR/TLR/VLR = Tongue Weight, Tongue Load, Vertical Load Rating
VIN = Vehicle Identification Number (Serial Number)
URL = Uniform Resource Locator (WWW Address)
UVW or UVWR = Unloaded Vehicle Weight Rating
WallyWorld = Wal*Mart
WD or W/D = Washer/Dryer
WD = Weight Distribution (hitch)
WD/SC = Weight Distribution (hitch) with Sway Control
WES = Water/Electric/Sewer
WH = Water Heater
Wi-Fi or WiFi = Wireless Fidelity
WWW = World Wide Web (the Internet)
X2, X3, etc = Ditto, with the number representing your agreement added to the number of times it was stated beforehand. Also used +1, +2, etc.
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
YRMV = Your Results May Vary

And Finally....
HTH = Hope This Helps
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:42 AM   #3
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TDMA - To Darn Many Acronyms...

I taught satellite communications class back in the early 90's. We had acronyms.. Whenever we introduced another, the class would let out a sigh....

6 or 8 weeks into the class we were nearing the end, and I tout the section on signal multiplexing. In particular Time Division Multiplexing Asynchronous. (TDMA) Of course the students had another acronym to remember, so now was a good time to introduce the other meaning - To Darn Many Acronyms.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:08 AM   #4
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Thanks Dan. I've figured most of them out, it is newbies that I want to help. I hope our seasoned members on here will keep that in mind when responding to them.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:17 AM   #5
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I think it's a sign that there are a lot of technical/engineering types frequenting this forum. Acronyms are a common everyday thing in that field of work and you just get used to it.

But you've got a very good point.

BTW, why is abbreviation such a long word?! (Sorry about the acronym)
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:37 AM   #6
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If my wife ever heard me referring to her as the "DW"....I would be getting a S.K.I.T.N's...you figure it out.
Pretty good list !
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:41 AM   #7
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I appreciate this thread. I have been wanting to know what SOB means but didn't want to ask for obvious reason. Most abbreviations I can figure out but this one went over my head.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:43 AM   #8
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Thanks for the Info(Information) KyDan
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:54 AM   #9
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Thanks. Answered some of my questions - SOB?


Maybe the list should be a Sticky on the Welcome Mat.
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:00 AM   #10
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I think it's a sign that there are a lot of technical/engineering types frequenting this forum. Acronyms are a common everyday thing in that field of work and you just get used to it.

But you've got a very good point.

BTW, why is abbreviation such a long word?! (Sorry about the acronym)
I had to use kydans list to look up "BTW". I agree, to many acronyms are being used. Speaky English please!
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:40 AM   #11
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Here ya go! Edited by wmtire- shamelessly copied from all over the place!

4X2 = 2 Wheel Drive
4X4 = 4 Wheel Drive
4WD = 4 Wheel Drive
5er = Fifth Wheel
5ver = Fifth Wheel
A/C = Air Conditioner
AC = Alternating Current as in 120VAC (sometimes mistakingly used for air conditioner)
AFAIK = As Far As I Know
AMP = Amperes
ATF = Automatic Transmission Fluid
ATS = Automatic Transfer Switch (from shore to generator power)
BC = Brake Controller
BLM or BOLM = Bureau Of Land Management
BTW = By The Way
CAPS = Capital Letters. Using all CAPS is considered SCREAMING
CC = Crew Cab of a TV (4 Door)
CCC = Cargo Carrying Capacity
CF = Camp Fire
CG = Camp Ground
COE = Corp of Engineers (US Army)
CRS = Can't Remember Shi... Dang CSR, I forgot the next letter
CTD = Cummins Turbo Diesel (Dodge)
CW = Camping World
D/A = Duramax/Alison (Chevrolet or GMC)
DC = Direct Current as in 12VDC
DH = Darling Hubby or Husband, Dear Hubby, Da%& Hubby, Designated Hitter (baseball)
Dinghy = See Toad
Dmax = Duramax diesel (GM)
DRW = Dual Rear Wheels
Dooley = Dual Rear Wheels
DS = Dump Station
DSL = Digital Subscriber Line
DSS = Door Side Scare "light" (see ODS)
Dually = Dual Rear Wheels
DP = Diesel Pusher as used in an MH
DW = Dear Wife, Darling Wife, Da%& Wife, Dim Wit, Dish Washer (same as Dear Wife), Darryl Waltrip (NASCAR)
EC = Extended Cab of a TV
EPDM = Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (Rubber Roofing)
ERS = Emergency Road Service
ESP = Extended Service Plan
FAQ or FAQs = Frequently Asked Questions
FHU = Full Hook Up (also see WES)
FIVER = 5th Wheel
FRF = Forest River Forums
FROG = Forest River Owners Group
FT = Full Time camper (sometimes F/T)
Furry Kids = Pets
FW = Fifth Wheel
FWIW = For What It's Worth
FYI = For Your Information
G8R = Gator
GPS = Global Positioning System or Satellite
GAWR or GAW = Gross Axle Weight Rating
GCVW or GCW = Gross Combined Vehicle Weight
GCWR = Gross Combination Weight Rating
GTWR = Gross Trailer Weight Rating
GVW or GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
GOB = Good ol' Boy
HD = Heavy Duty
HH = Happy Hour
HWH = Hot Water Heater (Why would you heat hot water?)
IBSRV = International Brotherhood/Sisterhood of RVers
IIRC = If I Remember Correctly
IKR = I know right
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
IMO = In My Opinion
IP = Internet Provider
ISP = Internet Service Provider (sometimes written DISP = Da$& Internet Service Provider)
L8R = Later
L8R G8R = Later Gator
LMAO = Laughing My A__ Off
LB = Long Box or Bed of a Tow Vehicle
LOL = Laughing Out Loud , Lots Of Luck, Lots Of Love
LT = Light Truck tires(as in LT245 tires)
MBS = Mercedes Benz Sprinter Diesel Chassis and is formerly known as the Solera Class C RV
MDT = Medium Duty Truck
MIL = Mother in-law (other in-laws can be FIL, SIL, and DIL)
MOC = Montana Owners Club
MH = Motor Home
MTCW = My Two Cents Worth
NCC = Net Carrying Capacity
NPS = National Park Service
OALAEHO = Opinions Are Like A__holes, Everybody Has One
ODS = Opposite Door-side Scare "light" (see DSS)
OEM = Original Equipment by the Manufacturer
OHC = Overhead Cabinet
OP = Original Post or Original Poster
OPD = Overfill Prevention Device (on LP gas cylinders)
PDI = Pre-Delivery Inspection
PM = Private Message
PSD = Power Stroke Diesel (Ford}
PU = Pop Up trailer
PUGS = Pop Up Gizmos (reflective covers for tent campers)
PW = Pressure Washer
Qs = Question(s)
RGV = Rio Grande Valley
ROTFLOL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud
ROTFLMAO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A__ Off
RV = Recreational Vehicle
SB = Short Box or Bed of a Tow Vehicle
SCWR = Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating
SKP = Escapee
SOB = Some Other Brand (of RV)
SP = State Park
SRW = Single Rear Wheels
ST = Trailer tires (as in ST225)
TC = Truck camper
TH = Toy Tauler
TMI = Too Much Information
TOAD = A vehicle towed behind a MH
TP = Toilet Paper
Trlr = Trailer
TT = Travel Trailer
TV = Tow Vehicle and on a rare occasion TeleVision
TWR/TLR/VLR = Tongue Weight, Tongue Load, Vertical Load Rating
VIN = Vehicle Identification Number (Serial Number)
URL = Uniform Resource Locator (WWW Address)
UVW or UVWR = Unloaded Vehicle Weight Rating
WallyWorld = Wal*Mart
WD or W/D = Washer/Dryer
WD = Weight Distribution (hitch)
WD/SC = Weight Distribution (hitch) with Sway Control
WES = Water/Electric/Sewer
WH = Water Heater
Wi-Fi or WiFi = Wireless Fidelity
WWW = World Wide Web (the Internet)
X2, X3, etc = Ditto, with the number representing your agreement added to the number of times it was stated beforehand. Also used +1, +2, etc.
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
YRMV = Your Results May Vary

And Finally....
HTH = Hope This Helps
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Some body can "type" faster, think faster or has much more time than I. Technical Writing 101. Always remember who your readers are, avoid technical jargon and acronyms.
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Just read this one earlier and saw the following in another discussion:

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Old 08-06-2017, 12:34 PM   #15
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I know, we all love abbreviations, they save a lot of typing. When we are chatting among ourselves I think they are great to use. But when responding to questions from newbies (ie..low post count) we should really avoid using them. Just this morning I see responses asking a new member how much his television weighs (TV) and another telling the poster he needs an ambulance (EMS). Seriously, we should give some thought in our responses. Let's not run them off before having a chance to get to know them.
I suppose we have a list of common abbreviations on here somewhere. If not then perhaps we should (just don't expect the newbies to have found and used it just yet-- I haven't.)
Pure laziness! Thanks for this thread. I will not help someone who posts a question but is too lazy to type complete words. If you are too busy to communicate properly, then I'm too busy to help you.
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Old 08-06-2017, 12:45 PM   #16
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Abbreviations

After 3 years on the Forum, my only complaint is the "experts" who spout numbers nd letters that mean nothing. For knstance "I have a FR 29 ST 741" and....I know, there' no such thing, but same with the real numbers. I say..."I have a 2014 32' Wildwood". Is that so hard?
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:27 PM   #17
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I learned many years ago that when writing something technical and using some tech abbreviations, that the first time you should write it out followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis. After that you use the abbreviation. Helps those of us who are not tech savvy.
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I agree. So many times I have read a post and have no idea what they are talking about and it's very frustrating. I'm sure typing out the words wouldn't be so hard.
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Check out some other sites. Much of the time the poster does it because they cannot spell.
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I thought I was back at work reading this!
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