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    Is it just me?

    Is anyone else tired of trying to figure out all the abbreviations (DS, OMG, DIL, etc.) that people are using
    in their posts? Why not just spell it out!

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    that and spell correctly? I do agree actually, but everyone is in a hurry these days. My friend in England just asked me to explain a few abbreviations to her. Those I don't know, i don't worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yobylf View Post
    Is anyone else tired of trying to figure out all the abbreviations (DS, OMG, DIL, etc.) that people are using
    in their posts? Why not just spell it out!
    Faster to abrev...

    DS- darling Son
    OMG - Oh my gosh..
    DIL - Daughter In law..

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    Considering how poorly people spell these days, I think those abbreviations, as annoying as they are, are still preferable to the atrocious spelling you see all too often.

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    It took me a while to figure out some of the abbreviations, but once I did I like it so much better than poor spelling.

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    I like the abbreviations because I have trouble typing and with spelling mostly due to dyslexia, (I can't even spell it funny i know) as well as a poor public school education. Had a couple of teachers literally yell and scream at me for trying to use phonics to read and learn to spell. This was back when Whole language was a huge flavor of the month is teaching. there is an abbreviation help page if you are having trouble. and I hate to say it but the abrevs are here to stay due to texting.
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    at least we are not using "text speak" u no wat i meen?

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    I appreciate your feelings of not knowing what's meant by all the abbreviations. Years ago, when they were just coming into play, I tried to figure out what LOL meant. The best I could come up with (since it came in an email from a very religious friend) was Lord Oh Lord! (It would have fit in the context.) But I finally asked my daughter, and she clued me in.

    However, the abbreviations are here to stay, and I think that's only proper. In any occupation or hobby you just have to learn the language, and that includes technical terms and abbreviations. Ask about the ones you don't understand, search on the web for lists (there are lots of them out there), and you will soon be familiar with the ones that pop up here. What's really confusing to me is when people try to use an abbreviation but get it wrong. I'm used to DP9 (instead of D9P - disappearing 9-patch), but some of the others can be hard to figure out.

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    It is a proven fact that our brains don't process vowels. Mine has a hard time with consonants. But, I do pretty good with Wheel of fortune. hehehehe!! Still don't know what a BOM is. heheheh!
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    I agree most of the time they can be annoying. That's why I wish we had spell check; I hate misspelled words (I go to email and use spell check all the time). If I can't figure out the abbreviation I ignore it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    It is a proven fact that our brains don't process vowels. Mine has a hard time with consonants. But, I do pretty good with Wheel of fortune. hehehehe!! Still don't know what a BOM is. heheheh!
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    I look at them as an added bonus to keep the old gray matter working. I even laugh at some that I've incorrectly interperated when I find out the "real" meaning.

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    Found this list that was posted a while ago.

    BBT = Be Back Tomorrow
    BOB = Beginner¬’s Only Block (swap)
    BOM = Block of the Month
    Charm Pack = package of pre-cut squares
    Charms = Small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics
    COC = cream on cream
    CT = Connecting Threads
    D4P = Double four patch
    D9P = Disappearing Nine Patch
    DH = Dear (or Darn) Husband
    DIC = Double Irish Chain
    Dimes = 10" squares
    DIY = Do it yourself
    DS = Dear Son or Dear Sister
    DSIL - Dear Sister in Law or Dear Son in Law
    DH = Dear Husband
    DC = Dear Cousin
    DD = Dear Daughter
    DGK = Dear Grandkids
    DGD = Dear Grand Daughter
    DGS = Dear Grand Son
    DSM = domestic sewing machine
    DWR = Double Wedding Ring
    EPP = English Paper Piecing
    EQ = Electric Quilt quilting software (also seen as EQ5, EQ6, and now EQ7)
    F8/FE = Fat Eighth
    FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
    FFO = Finally Finished Object
    FIU = Finish It Up
    FLIMSY = Finished top, not quilted
    FM = free motion quilting
    FQ = Fat Quarter
    Frog Stitching = ripping out stitched seams (rip it, rip it)
    FW = Featherweight
    FW = fusible web, no brand specific
    GF = girl friend or God forbid or Grandmother's Fan
    GFG = Grandmother's Flower Garden
    HP = hand piecing
    HQ = hand quilting
    HST = Half square triangle
    HSY = Haven't Started Yet (pronounced hussy)
    Jelly Rolls = pre-cut noodles rolled up and sold as a set
    KWIM = Know what I mean
    LA = LongArmer, professional machine quilter
    LAQ = Long Arm Quilter
    LAQM = Long Arm Quilting Machine
    LMAO = Laughing My Ass off!
    LMBO = Laughing my butt off!
    LOL = Laugh out loud
    LQS = Local Quilt Shop
    MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
    Nickles = 5" squares
    Noodles = 2 1/2" by width of fabric
    NQR = Not Quilt Related (an alternative to OT)
    OBW = One Block Wonder
    OSMG = Old Sewing Machine Guy
    PFD = fabric that is Prepared For Dyeing
    PHD = Project Half Done
    PIF+ pay it forward¬— sending something to someone--- cause it feels good! Free, or for postage only.
    PIGs = Project In a Grocery Sack
    PIPS = projects in process
    PITS = Project In Totes
    PIW = project in waiting (waiting to grow up to be a WIP)
    PP = paper piecing
    QIMM = Quilts in My Mind
    QOTD = Question of the day, Quick off topic discussion or quilting off topic discussion
    QR = Quilt Related
    QST= Quarter Square Triangles
    Quilt Candy = Small charm pieces of fabric folded up to look like candy
    RR = Round Robin
    SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    SAQM = Short Arm Quilting Machine
    SaS = Steam a Seam
    SEX = Stash Enhancement EXperience (or eXcursion)
    SID = stitch-in-the-ditch quilting
    Siggies = Squares of fabric with signatures and often other info written on them
    SnW = Stack and Whack
    SQ = Simply Quilts
    Squishie = Envelopes filled with swap fabric/blocks (squishy is the way they feel)
    STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
    TBQ = To Be Quilted
    TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
    TIC = Triple Irish Chain
    TOAD = trashed object abandoned in disgust
    TOT = Tone On Tone
    TUFO = Tuesday UFO night group/WUFO = Wednesday UFO...etc.
    UFO = UnFinished Object
    USO = UnStarted Object
    VIP = Very Important Project
    WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
    WIMM = Work in my mind
    WIP = Work in progress
    WISP = Work In Slow Progress
    WIVSP = Work In Very Slow Progress
    WIWMI = Wish It Would Make Itself
    WOA = Work of art
    WOF = Width of Fabric
    WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
    WOW = White On White
    WWIT = What Was I Thinking
    xxQG = someplace something Quilting Guild
    YBR = yellow brick road
    YoYo = A circle of fabric gathered to form a puffy circle

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    Much as I dislike the abbreviations, they do save time. Guess we have to keep up with new trends. Imagine the day we start speaking in abbreviations!

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    What I want to know is how do you find out what they mean? Is there a list or something I can print out, to understand what people are talking about? It is very confusing to me. Thanks

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    I must tell you, a friend in England said she just bought a new Dictionary and there is a whole section in the back of abbreviations. and how to write emails too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    It is a proven fact that our brains don't process vowels. Mine has a hard time with consonants. But, I do pretty good with Wheel of fortune. hehehehe!! Still don't know what a BOM is. heheheh!
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    Well,most of us are from an older generation,but I don`t mind the abberviations and as for the spelling that also comes from our generation because typing on a keyboard is different from a typewriter.I enjoy the board too much to worry about these. BTW which is By the way,BOM is Block of the Month.When you have GC and GGC you pick up a lot of these things.

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    LOL can also mean Lots of Love,per my DGD.I agree with the person who said we need to keep the gray matter going.It is a proven fact that the more we keep analyzing and studying things the better our thinking process is.

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    BOM = Block of the Month

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    I use to be a top notch speller, only school subject I was good at, at 66 not so much. If I can't think of how to spell correctly, I change to a word I can spell. I don't mind the short cuts, keeps my mind sharp. Lots of changes in my 66 years on this earth, just more.
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    #1piecemaker. BOM is Block of the Month

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    I don't mind them, but struggle with SIL. Is that Sister-in-law, or Son-in-law. I did enjoy being MOB - Mother of the Bride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    Found this list that was posted a while ago.

    BBT = Be Back Tomorrow
    BOB = Beginner’s Only Block (swap)
    BOM = Block of the Month
    Charm Pack = package of pre-cut squares
    Charms = Small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics
    COC = cream on cream
    CT = Connecting Threads
    D4P = Double four patch
    D9P = Disappearing Nine Patch
    DH = Dear (or Darn) Husband
    DIC = Double Irish Chain
    Dimes = 10" squares
    DIY = Do it yourself
    DS = Dear Son or Dear Sister
    DSIL - Dear Sister in Law or Dear Son in Law
    DH = Dear Husband
    DC = Dear Cousin
    DD = Dear Daughter
    DGK = Dear Grandkids
    DGD = Dear Grand Daughter
    DGS = Dear Grand Son
    DSM = domestic sewing machine
    DWR = Double Wedding Ring
    EPP = English Paper Piecing
    EQ = Electric Quilt quilting software (also seen as EQ5, EQ6, and now EQ7)
    F8/FE = Fat Eighth
    FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
    FFO = Finally Finished Object
    FIU = Finish It Up
    FLIMSY = Finished top, not quilted
    FM = free motion quilting
    FQ = Fat Quarter
    Frog Stitching = ripping out stitched seams (rip it, rip it)
    FW = Featherweight
    FW = fusible web, no brand specific
    GF = girl friend or God forbid or Grandmother's Fan
    GFG = Grandmother's Flower Garden
    HP = hand piecing
    HQ = hand quilting
    HST = Half square triangle
    HSY = Haven't Started Yet (pronounced hussy)
    Jelly Rolls = pre-cut noodles rolled up and sold as a set
    KWIM = Know what I mean
    LA = LongArmer, professional machine quilter
    LAQ = Long Arm Quilter
    LAQM = Long Arm Quilting Machine
    LMAO = Laughing My Ass off!
    LMBO = Laughing my butt off!
    LOL = Laugh out loud
    LQS = Local Quilt Shop
    MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
    Nickles = 5" squares
    Noodles = 2 1/2" by width of fabric
    NQR = Not Quilt Related (an alternative to OT)
    OBW = One Block Wonder
    OSMG = Old Sewing Machine Guy
    PFD = fabric that is Prepared For Dyeing
    PHD = Project Half Done
    PIF+ pay it forward¬ó sending something to someone--- cause it feels good! Free, or for postage only.
    PIGs = Project In a Grocery Sack
    PIPS = projects in process
    PITS = Project In Totes
    PIW = project in waiting (waiting to grow up to be a WIP)
    PP = paper piecing
    QIMM = Quilts in My Mind
    QOTD = Question of the day, Quick off topic discussion or quilting off topic discussion
    QR = Quilt Related
    QST= Quarter Square Triangles
    Quilt Candy = Small charm pieces of fabric folded up to look like candy
    RR = Round Robin
    SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    SAQM = Short Arm Quilting Machine
    SaS = Steam a Seam
    SEX = Stash Enhancement EXperience (or eXcursion)
    SID = stitch-in-the-ditch quilting
    Siggies = Squares of fabric with signatures and often other info written on them
    SnW = Stack and Whack
    SQ = Simply Quilts
    Squishie = Envelopes filled with swap fabric/blocks (squishy is the way they feel)
    STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
    TBQ = To Be Quilted
    TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
    TIC = Triple Irish Chain
    TOAD = trashed object abandoned in disgust
    TOT = Tone On Tone
    TUFO = Tuesday UFO night group/WUFO = Wednesday UFO...etc.
    UFO = UnFinished Object
    USO = UnStarted Object
    VIP = Very Important Project
    WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
    WIMM = Work in my mind
    WIP = Work in progress
    WISP = Work In Slow Progress
    WIVSP = Work In Very Slow Progress
    WIWMI = Wish It Would Make Itself
    WOA = Work of art
    WOF = Width of Fabric
    WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
    WOW = White On White
    WWIT = What Was I Thinking
    xxQG = someplace something Quilting Guild
    YBR = yellow brick road
    YoYo = A circle of fabric gathered to form a puffy circle
    In my family YOYO meant - You're On your own - for dinner!

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