Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Initially Confused

The mummy blogging community is a very friendly and inclusive one, but like all communities, it can be a bit daunting when you first join. And like many communities, it has its own language, which you have to learn. Being something of a new bee myself, I confess that I found all those sets of initials that people use a bit off-putting, until I worked out what they all stand for. I thought it might be helpful for other new bees if I gave you a list. So this is for all you uninitiated bloggers out there, or un-initial-ated, I should say!

LOL – at first I thought this meant ‘lots of love’, because the mummy blogging community is so supportive and caring, but now I know it means ‘laugh out loud’. So you use this when you think something is funny. It tells people that you are laughing, but it’s shorter than writing “I think this is really funny”.

PMSL – this is similar to LOL. It means ‘post myself laughing’, as in posting a blog post – except you’re posting yourself!

ROFL –this is one of those that really reflects just how caring and sharing the blogging community is. It stands for ‘reach out for love’. You use it if you want to say ((((hugs)))) to someone, but without the hugs.

Sometimes you see ROTFL, which is basically the same: ‘reach out there for love’. Or ROTFLMAO, which just emphasizes the point: ‘reach out there for love, me and others’. What a fantastic community we are!

IMHO – stands for ‘I’m hoping’. Here’s an example of how you could use it in context: “The government cuts won’t be as bad as all the doom merchants are predicting, IMHO”.

There. Hope that helps, or HTH, as we might say!

There is one set of initials that I’ve never managed to work out. Maybe someone out there can enlighten me. It’s WTF. I mean, what the heck could that possibly stand for?

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Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

I think WTF means, "Was that funny?" In your case, definitely yes!

Lynn MacDonald said...

I though IMHO was in my humble opinion. No wonder I can never figure anything out!

Steve said...

I thought it meant Wallys Type Fast but I might be wrong.

Emily O said...

Thank you Dee, I'm so relieved you wrote this because I always wondered what these things meant and never liked to ask. You'll be doing webinars on all this tech speak next.

Hot Cross Mum said...

I always through WTF was something to do with wrestling? Perhaps I'm wrong.

Tasha Goddard said...

Thank you so much, Dee. I really don't know how I have survived without this list before. I have no idea about WTF, but think it might have something to do with Facebook?

nappy valley girl said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Dee! I thought PMSL was something to do with being premenstrual and a tiny bit pee'd off. And ROFL sounds like you're throwing up.

Metropolitan Mum said...

I am still sending people lots of love. LOL, Dee, LOLOL!! x

phrogs4ever2002 said...

IMHO can also mean "In My Humble Opinion." I believe it depends on the context. WTF is not a nice phrase. It means "What The F..."...well you can fill in the blank. So be careful not to post that one not knowing the true meaning or someone might become offended! :.) This website is helpful for those of us (like myself) that are not so techno saavy:

Helen + ilana = Hi said...


I thought ROFL meant rolling on floor laughing? ROTFL the slightly more grammatically correct version of same and ROTFLMAO the irreverent addition of my a## off?


Word Verification
winge: apparently what I am doing at the moment!

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