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Originally Posted: 2005-12-30 12:20pm

The Acronym List for all you newbies

That's it... I've finally broken down and compiled a comprehensive list of netspeak. Keep in mind, this may be comprehensive but it's not necessarily complete. Just a product of moderating on a singles' website for some time now (which I have never and will never promote here, I keep my life compartmentalized and come here when I need to take a break).

The first letter is for the one seeking and the last letter is the one being searched for.
m4w = man for woman
w4m = woman for man
Some variations: if there's a "t" there it's either transsexual, transgender or transvestite.
m4t = man 4 transsexual
If there's a plural form (mm4ww, mw4w, w4ww etc.), "m" will always be man, "w" will still be woman. And "t"... well you get the point.

The first letter signifies marital status or sexual orientation, the second letter is race and the third is gender.
SAF = Single Asian Female
BiWM = Bisexual White Male
MBM = Married Black Male
GHM = Gay Hispanic Male
DWF = Divorced White Female
Some variations: if a "p" appears somewhere in the middle, it means "professional."
SWPM = Single White Professional Male
If there's a "j" in the middle, it stands for "Jewish."
SJPM = Single Jewish Professional Male

If they post only two letters, they don't want to reveal either their marital status or race but they always say what their gender is.
WM = White Male
SF = Single Female

Assorted acronyms/terms you'll probably encounter.
CL = Craigslist
SP = Strictly Platonic
CE = Casual Encounters
RL = Real Life
hwp = height weight proportionate
iso = in search of/is seeking only
IIRC = if I recall correctly
btw = by the way
LOL = laugh out loud
LMAO = laughing my ass off
ROTFLMAO = rolling on the floor laughing my ass off
a/s/l = age/sex/location
SO = Significant Other
NSA = No Strings Attached
IM = Instant Messenger
Cam = webcam
LTR = Long Term Relationship
bareback = sex without condoms
BBW = Big Beautiful Women
FB = Fuck Buddy
FWB = Friends With Benefits
d/df = drug/disease free
fugly = fucking ugly (as in, extremely)
sugar daddy/mommy = someone financially supporting another's lifestyle
top/bottom = position for gay sex
Sub = Submissive
Dom = Dominant
BDSM = Bondage Discipline/Domination Sadism Masochism
strap-on = fake dicks
fisting = putting the whole fist into someone's vagina or anal orifice as part of sex
ABR/ANR = Adult Breastfeeding Relationship/Adult Nursing Relationship
420 = pot
golden shower = taking a leak on someone
bukkake = guys take turns ejaculating on a kneeling woman
CD = Cross Dresser
FOB = Fresh Off the Boat
yellow fever = likes Asians
brotha = black male
sista = black female


Read between the lines.
BBW is also known as thick, curvy or overweight or a combination thereof.

FB or FWB is just sex on a regular basis without having any other type of relationship with the other person.

Being on cam can mean anything from "just verifying you are what you said you were" to "I want to see your boobs/jack off with you."

Submissives can mean masochists. Dominants can mean sadists.

ABR/ANR is when someone wants to drink milk straight from the lactating female source because it turns them on.

Golden showers are watersports, involves someone pissing on someone.

Any reference to 420 means pot/mary jane. Most (not all) references to skiing/snow... think of a drug that resembles snow, hmm?

"Fun times" means sex. In the end, anyway.

If there are dollar signs anywhere in the post title, someone's willing to pay or wants to be paid for sex.

Tall can mean anything from 5'7 and up. Men always lie about their height.

Average can mean overweight. The average person in the US is obese. Women always lie about their weight.

For transsexual/transgender, think "The Crying Game." Also tranny for short. May have undergone a sex change or just wants to be considered by society as a member of the opposite sex.

What's with those requests from gay guys for "straight dudes" to have sex with them (yes, Mr. Clinton, that's still sex)? Doesn't anyone realize that if a straight guy had sex with a gay guy, he'd either be bi or gay? And did I just say that out loud?

Cross dressers aren't necessarily gay.

Those guys who want strap-ons used on them aren't necessarily gay either.

Metrosexuals are definitely not gay. They're just guys who like to take care of their appearance.

Asians who barely speak English are called FOB. I have no idea why this is so, we use planes now.

There are still losers who post in or answer ads from Strictly Platonic even when they're trolling for sex.

Dick pics... why they never work on me, I don't know. Except I do know I run away screaming from men who'd probably do it in person by way of introducing themselves to me. It's nothing like a chocolate shop, boys.

Face pics. If there's a pic symbol beside the title of a post, we expect to see a real face pic, not the picture of a sunset, a deranged cat or some other bs scenery. Truth in advertising. Otherwise, your post just gets passed over with an eye roll. If you don't want the whole world to know you're posting on a website (or don't want pic collectors using your pic to whack off), I have one word for you: Paint. See example below (yes, that's me --- no, don't scroll down yet, finish reading, dammit. If you went immediately to the pic, that's it. Men=visual creatures theory proven again).

People who post an ad day after day (hell, hour after hour), 24/7... I just want to say "haven't you ever heard of donor fatigue?"

There are people who say they're posting an ad for the last time and this can go on for months. They just can't stay away.


Craigslist? Definitely thread crack. Like this is your crack: (_|_). This is your crack on Craigslist: (__|__). It's an addiction.

While you're at it, send this to "Best of CL" so I don't have to keep posting this *^*%$#^ list.


from a hwp SAF who hangs out in SP and yet sees ads from men who belong in CE (ick). Also, will never, ever answer ads that have "yellow fever" literally written in them. And (for those who have asked) has not experienced all of these terms... you don't have to fall off a cliff to know it's not your thing.

P.S. If you're a friend I've met on CL and we're still hanging out --- you're probably as quirky as I am and we're the only sane people left here. Thanks to non-CL friends C and N for the thread crack. ~A




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