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flowermama 03-15-2005 02:22 AM

Abbreviations (and definitions of misc. words)
Please list abbreviations that we use on the board in this thread and I will add them to the list below. :)- thank you!



AF - Aunt Flo (menstruation)
AFAIK-as far as I know
ABM - artificial baby milk
AFAIC - as far as I'm concerned
AP - attachment parenting
ATM - at the moment


BF - breastfeeding
BFP - big fat positive (pregnancy test)
BIL - brother-in-law
BM- - breastmilk (or bowel movement, according to context :O)
BTDT - been there, done that
BTW - by the way


CD - cloth diaper
CIO - cry it out


DC - dear children
DD - dear daughter
DH - dear husband
DS - dear son
DSD - dear step daughter
DSS - dear step son


EBF - extended breastfeeding
EBM - Expressed Breast Milk
EC - elimination communication
ETA - edited to add


FAM - Fertility Awareness Method (same as NFP but you use barrier methods when fertile instead of abstaining)
FIL - Father-in-law
FOO - family of origin
FTR - for the record
FTM - for that matter
FTO - first time obedience
FWIW - for what it’s worth


GBD - Grace-Based Discipline
GOYBP - Get Off Your Butt Parenting
GD - gentle discipline


HN - high needs
HTH - hope this helps


IBS - Individual Bible Study or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (depending on context :O)
ICAM - I couldn't agree more
IDK - I don't know
IF - Intense Fellowship forum, a "membership by approval" (MBA) forum for more intense dialogue
IIRC - if I recall/remember correctly
IL - In-laws
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IMNSHO - in my not-so-humble opinion
IOW - in other words
IRL - in real life
ISO - in search of
ITA - I totally agree
ITU - I totally understand
IYKWIM - if you know what I mean


KWIM - know what I mean
LOL - laugh out loud
LMK - let me know


MBA - in regards to our MBA forums, it means "membership by approval"
MIL - mother-in-law
NAK - nursing at keyboard
NFP - Natural Family Planning
NIP - nursing in public
OP - original post or original poster
OT - off-topic
PP - previous post or previous poster
PPAF - Post-Partum Aunt Flo
PTL - Praise the Lord


ROTFLOL - Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud
SMH - shake my head
SIL - sister-in-law


TCOYF -- Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (main book that teaches about FAM and women's health in general)
TFL - thanks for looking
TIA - thanks in advance
TMI - too much information
TTC - trying to conceive -- you can find more TTC abbreviations here
TY - thank you


WWYD - what would you do?
WOS - wife only submission
YMMV - your mileage may vary

INFP, ESTJ, etc., are Meyers-Briggs Personality Types


bump - Sometimes someone will type "bump" in a thread.- That is just a way to "bump" a thread up so that others will see it, especially if it's not getting a lot of looks or replies.

eta: Please PM me if there is an abbreviation that you think should be added.

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