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Title: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on May 14, 2006, 12:07:02 PM
Well, by request, I'm going to start a glossary.  Leaving this thread open, so anyone who has a new word or abbreviation they want defined, let us know.  Please note that I am not defining all names and characters that appear on LOST, we have an Index (http://lost.cubit.net/lostIndex.php) with several hundred files that does that!



AFK:  Short for "Away from keyboard".  Commonly used in chat.

ARG:  Short for "Alternate Reality Game", such as the webmaze.

A/S/L:  Short for "Age/Sex/Location".  Commonly used in chat as a general introduction question.  Frowned upon by some as being overly superficial and netspeakish (see below).

Avatar: The picture under your name, that shows up whenever you post.  To figure out how to insert one, click on Profile (http://lost.cubit.net/forum/index.php?action=profile) at the top.

Bagua:  Symbol used in Taoism & the I Ching (http://lost.cubit.net/forum/index.php?topic=1064.msg7356#msg7356A), which is the basis for the DHARMA Initiative symbol.

BBL:  Short for "Be back later".  Commonly used in chat.

Benry:  Nickname given by some LOST fans for Ben, who once lied about his name being Henry Gale ("Fake-Henry").

Blog:  Short for weblog, where a webmaster can post regularly updated entries in an online journal format, such as seen in the front page of this site.

BRB:  Short for "Be right back".  Commonly used in chat.

BTW:  Short for "By the way".

Bump: Bring up a thread to the top of a forum list (after it has fallen down the list from inactivity) with a new post.

Cap:  Short for screen capture.  To take a still photo from a moving image file for the purpose of looking at details more closely, such as used in the Investigations (http://lost.cubit.net/investigations.php) section of this site.

Child Boards:  No, it's not just a board for children.  :)  A child board is like a subforum within a larger heading; for example, in the Season 2 Episode Discussion forums, there are all the episode subforums.

D/L:  Short for download (as in a file or program).

Epi:  Short for episode.

ETA:  Short for "Edited to add" (when a post is modified by the original poster or a moderator).

Fenry:  Nickname given by some LOST fans for Ben, who once lied about his name being Henry Gale ("Fake-Henry").

Flame:  To insult someone over the internet, especially in a gratuitous way just to be argumentative.

Foiler:  A fake spoiler.  There have been cases in the past where the LOST production team has deliberately encouraged the spreading of a foiler rumor, to lead speculation away from a real spoiler.

Fuselage, The:  This is a forum (http://www.thefuselage.com/) set up by J.J. Abrams (the director of LOST), and occasionally frequented by members of the writing team.  It is named after the part of the plane where the survivors came from.

GMTA:  Short for "Great minds think alike".

Hatchmonkey:  An online program Sledge has written which simulates the countdown clock, allowing users to enter the Numbers every 108 minutes; no longer active.

Hunt, The:  An online game Sledge has written for this site.

IMHO:  Short for "In my humble opinion".

Jate: Nickname given by fans who want to see a romantic pairing between Jack and Kate.

J/K:  Short for "Just kidding".

Jump the Shark:  A term to describe the point at which a TV show goes too far and starts introducing ridiculous plotlines and gimmicks to try and revive its popularity.  It is a term first popularized by the show "Happy Days", in which Fonzie jumped a shark literally, while in a leather jacket and on waterskis.

LMAO:  Short for "Laughing my @ss off".

LOL:  Short for "Laughing out loud".

Lurker:  A member who reads a lot on a forum, but doesn't always post and show his or her presence.

Mod:  Short for moderator.  We help Sledge keep order on the forum.

Netspeak or N375p34k:  A pseudolanguage popularized online by a process of shortening words and replacing letters with different letters and/or symbols to supposedly make the typing process shorter ("ur" for "your", "LOL" for laughing, "1337" for "elite"). Often lacks proper punctuation and grammar, and when overused, can serve to annoy others, and may in some communities mark the user as a n00b (see below).  Many of the terms in this glossary can be considered netspeak, but fairly common and purposeful versions of it.

Newbie or N00b:  A new poster, or a poster who acts like one.

OMG:  Short for "Oh my God!".

PM:  Short for "Private message".  All users have a PM box within this forum structure, and can send other users nonpublic messages that way.  Click on My Messages (http://lost.cubit.net/forum/index.php?action=pm) at the top to use this function.

PMSL:  Short for "P*ss myself laughing", apparently netspeak which is trademarked by PurpleLostPrincess. ;)

PostWh0re:  Someone who posts a lot on a forum, like yours truly.

Redshirt:  A term first popularized for LOST during "All the Cowboys Have Daddy Issues" when Boone tells Locke that on "Star Trek", the crew members that wore the red shirts (as opposed to blue/gold uniforms of the more major characters like Kirk & Spock) rarely returned to the ship and were often killed.  Now used to describe background 815 survivor characters such as Arzt, Joanna, Scott, Steve and Neil the Frogurt man (see Profiles Index (http://lost.cubit.net/lostIndex.php)). 

ROTFL:  Short for "Rolling on the floor, laughing".

S#E##:  Shorthand way of denoting a LOST episode, by S(eason) # and E(pisode) ##.  Another format is #x## (1x05 would be "White Rabbit", for example).

Sceve:  Nickname given by some LOST fans for Scott & Steve, two redshirts that are frequently confused on the show, a running gag.

Screencap:  Short for screen capture.  To take a still photo from a moving image file for the purpose of looking at details more closely, such as used in the Investigations (http://lost.cubit.net/investigations.php) section of this site.

Sledglings:  What we, followers and fans of this site, have come to informally call ourselves.

Skate: Nickname given by fans who want to see a romantic pairing between Sawyer and Kate.

SMF:  Short for "Simple Machines Forums", the site (http://www.simplemachines.org/) which powers these forums.

Smokie:  Nickname given to The Monster when it appears in the form of a black smoke like cloud.

Spam:  Unsolicited email or forum posts with annoying, self-promotional ads.  Spam on forums should be reported and deleted.

Spoiler:  Something that gives away information about future episodes of the show that have not yet been aired.  Please do not post spoilers outside the two designated forums, unless they are in spoiler tags (see Help, Hints & Other Useful Info (http://lost.cubit.net/forum/index.php?board=110.0) section for more on how to do this).

Sticky:  A post that is pinned to the top of a forum by a moderator, such as this one.

SWLS:  This site.  Short for "Sledgeweb's Lost Stuff".

THF:  Short for "The Hanso Foundation".  Also refers to the site www.thehansofoundation.org of the webmaze.

Thread:  A topic started by a post, such as this one, and all the replies that follow.

Threadjack:  To hijack the subject of a thread, or take it off-topic.

TLE:  Short for "The Lost Experience".  ABC-sponsored webmaze 'experience' running in 2006.  See here (http://lost.cubit.net/forum/index.php?topic=1072.0) for the complete walkthrough.

TPTB:  Short for "The Powers That Be".  The writing and production team behind LOST, that determines what the plot will be.

Troll:  A troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum, and posts inflammatory, rude or offensive messages designed to annoy and antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussion (Wikipedia definition).  If you see these types of posts, the best course of action is to PM one of the mods (OTHERS) or Sledge (HIM), and we will handle it, possibly with a ban.  Do not continue the cycle by flaming them back with rebuke and offensive language, as this usually feeds the fire, and makes things worse; it's also the kind of reaction they are looking for.  Trolls love attention, and usually go away eventually when ignored.

WB:  Short for "Welcome back".  Commonly used in chat.

Webmaze:  An online game where a series of clues are given and lead to more hints and clues about a mystery.  The one currently promoted by ABC is "The Lost Experience", and potentially ties into the mysteries of the show.

WTF:  Short for "What the f---".  Please don't use the uncontracted version. :)

Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: jordangr7 on May 14, 2006, 12:34:13 PM
thanx that looks good, it seems like most of the ones i didnt know had to do with laughing in different manners
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 14, 2006, 01:22:17 PM
WOW! Fanx PandoraX, that's brilliant!

May I add pmsl which would be 'p*ss myself laughing', it's a fave of mine although I haven't really used it much on here. Hope I put the asterix in the right place!?  :-\
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: jordangr7 on May 14, 2006, 01:26:42 PM
i dunno purple thats a little far haha
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on May 14, 2006, 01:38:49 PM
Hah, well I've never heard of that one, but I'll add it just for you, PP. ;)  Hopefully, soon PP won't need her own glossary, just so the rest of us can understand her...
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 14, 2006, 03:30:32 PM
Well, ya never know! Anybody who knows me, knows I am a little strange to say the least! I only hope you grow to love me for my wierdness!  
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: jordangr7 on May 14, 2006, 05:58:37 PM
add PP to the gallery!
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: demra on May 14, 2006, 07:39:58 PM
how bout addinf Fenery for the fake Fenery Gale
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: DevilishinVA on May 15, 2006, 10:45:33 AM
Here's one that I see people use but rarely seen when talking/responding to me, lol.
GMTA= Great minds think alike
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 15, 2006, 11:02:32 AM
Here's one that I see people use but rarely seen when talking/responding to me, lol.
GMTA= Great minds think alike

Nice one DevilishinVA - I have always wondered what that one means!  
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on May 15, 2006, 12:39:47 PM
Hah, ok, I'll add that one, but I don't think it gets used a lot.  Gotta keep in mind that this is not going to be a comprehensive dictionary of ALL netspeak (just the more common stuff)... and I'll have to draw the line eventually to keep the list manageable.  I'd rather leave more room for lost-specific or SWLS-specific lingo.

Fenry was already on there, demra.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 16, 2006, 06:08:42 AM
Just one that I'm not sure on (you may or may not see fit to put it into the glossary) what does 'j/k' mean? I noticed you used it a few times now, I assume it's something like 'joking' or 'just kidding'? Actually, now I'm typing it, that does kinda make sense!

Ignore me, I've just figured it out for myself...

I'll go and curl up in the corner now!  :-[
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: DevilishinVA on May 16, 2006, 09:01:07 AM
J/K= Just Kidding  ;D

You might see me use this one soon especially when responding to theories and etc... but just for fun, I want to see if anyone can figure it out. Here it is:  AIPOL
The L should be easy  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 16, 2006, 09:41:36 AM
Absolutely Intelligent Post On Lost...?

or

Again I Post Opionions Lost...?

or

Agree in Principal (something) Lost...?

You've got me stumped! That will drive me crazy today!  

Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: DevilishinVA on May 16, 2006, 10:11:15 AM
Nope

Nope

Nope


Keep trying, don't give up!! You got the L right and one of the O is right  ;D
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 16, 2006, 10:31:16 AM
Grrrrr, you're just lovin' this aren't you!  ;) You've got me all confused!

How about:


Again/Anyway It's (a) Possibility on Lost?

No, I've got it - Anything Is Possible On Lost

I'm right aren't I!?  :P

Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: DevilishinVA on May 16, 2006, 11:11:24 AM
WOOHOO!! You got it!! AIPOL= Anything is possible on LOST  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 16, 2006, 11:14:16 AM
YAY!  :D

Do I get something? Some points or something?

Here's one I've seen around although I personally wouldn't use it and I haven't seen it on SWLS: ffs

Give it a go (you probably already know it!)
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: DevilishinVA on May 16, 2006, 11:22:53 AM
Ummmm, you trying to get me banned!!??? LOL
I can't say what I think ffs means here LOL.
I see ffs sometimes when playing games, which means false forfeits. Is that what you mean, hopefully? LOL
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 16, 2006, 01:36:05 PM
Oh, sorry, I wouldn't have expected you to actually type it out! My apologies!

It's a new one on me so I wondered if anybody else had seen it. (We both obviously know what it means so I won't go into detail!).

I think that's the extent of my knowledge of webtalk!
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on May 16, 2006, 02:25:06 PM
Ummmm, you trying to get me banned!!??? LOL
I can't say what I think ffs means here LOL.

Do it DO IT Devilish!!!!!!!!  I haven't gotten to test out the ban function... yet!   ;D  (ummm J/K :D)
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on May 16, 2006, 02:33:04 PM
Oh no, I've got you into trouble DevilishinVA, quick, run!

I'm so sorry! I'm such a bad influence and the worst thing is that I don't generally use that kind of language!  
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: lostfromthestart on May 16, 2006, 03:06:36 PM
Pandy Bear - I thought the ban function already got tested on YOU!!
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: demra on May 17, 2006, 02:21:45 AM
Hah, ok, I'll add that one, but I don't think it gets used a lot.  Gotta keep in mind that this is not going to be a comprehensive dictionary of ALL netspeak (just the more common stuff)... and I'll have to draw the line eventually to keep the list manageable.  I'd rather leave more room for lost-specific or SWLS-specific lingo.

Fenry was already on there, demra.

My Bad  ???
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: DevilishinVA on May 17, 2006, 08:56:17 AM
Pandy Bear - I thought the ban function already got tested on YOU!!

Thanks lostfromthestart for pointing that out, lol.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on May 17, 2006, 12:06:41 PM
Pandy Bear - I thought the ban function already got tested on YOU!!

It's just not as much fun from the other side.  Like the psychic's daughter, it's scary being in the "in between place".  ;D

Adding ARG, which Astro used... and you may see this on other sites, refers to the webmaze.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: OLLY-wood on May 19, 2006, 04:30:17 PM
Pandy Bear - I thought the ban function already got tested on YOU!!


dengit... stealing my terminology again... I propose that "Pandy Bear" be forever added to the SWLS lexicon, and referenced to it's proper etymological origin... ME!

(yay blatant attention whoring!)

net speak i've come across:

ttiuwp... this thread is useless without pics...
ibtl - in before the lock, when you want to post in an inappropriate thread that will be locked by a mod
iirc - if i recall/remember correctly
bump - bring up my posts... bringing a thread up to the top of a list with a one word post: "bump"

Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on May 21, 2006, 06:09:05 PM
Hey Olly,

I think the others are a little esoteric/rarely used, so I won't add them just yet (if I see more people using them here, I might add them later)... but I think bump is a good one that people use commonly, and I'll include it.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: JBRam on July 15, 2006, 04:03:27 AM
No one's talked here for a while, but let's see if anyone can guess what this acronym means:
EHFAR
I use it quite often.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on July 29, 2006, 12:23:02 PM
Got me there, JB :)  I've no clue, but I'm sure it's not a common one.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: JBRam on July 31, 2006, 07:06:55 PM
Got me there, JB :)  I've no clue, but I'm sure it's not a common one.
It's an acronym that we don't normally use in everyday typing. But we write the long version out. It used to be under my avatar. Can you guess?
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on September 04, 2006, 08:52:11 AM
No one's talked here for a while, but let's see if anyone can guess what this acronym means:
EHFAR
I use it quite often.

Everyone Have Fun And Rest?????? Am I reaching here?  
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Michelle13 on September 04, 2006, 08:55:13 AM
everything happens for a reason


I figured pandy would get this one.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: JBRam on September 06, 2006, 07:18:02 PM
everything happens for a reason


I figured pandy would get this one.
You smarty
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Michelle13 on September 06, 2006, 07:20:28 PM
everything happens for a reason


I figured pandy would get this one.
You smarty

O gosh Jon, stop. You're flattering me.  ::)
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: JBRam on September 07, 2006, 11:07:30 AM
everything happens for a reason


I figured pandy would get this one.
You smarty

O gosh Jon, stop. You're flattering me.  ::)
You SHOULD be flattered ;)
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on September 07, 2006, 03:12:30 PM
Aaaaahhhh, cool - that was bugging me!

EHFAR - Everything Happens For A Reasong - I like it!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Michelle13 on September 07, 2006, 06:21:41 PM
everything happens for a reason


I figured pandy would get this one.
You smarty

O gosh Jon, stop. You're flattering me.  ::)
You SHOULD be flattered ;)

Well flatter me again, it's Thursday now...
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: JBRam on September 10, 2006, 10:49:46 PM
everything happens for a reason


I figured pandy would get this one.
You smarty

O gosh Jon, stop. You're flattering me.  ::)
You SHOULD be flattered ;)

Well flatter me again, it's Thursday now...
You're purty and smart.
Now give us an acronym.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on October 07, 2006, 06:56:54 PM
Can we officially add 'Benry' as an update to 'Fenry' please? I just think it makes sense as events have unfolded...

 ;D
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Ladybug on October 07, 2006, 07:57:49 PM
Can we officially add 'Benry' as an update to 'Fenry' please? I just think it makes sense as events have unfolded...

 ;D
i agree.  i like benry much better than just plain ben.  (sorry sledge, no offense to you). 
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Pandora on October 09, 2006, 06:43:45 PM
Can we officially add 'Benry' as an update to 'Fenry' please? I just think it makes sense as events have unfolded...

 ;D

Sure, we can add it to the list here :)  But my prediction is that eventually the whole Fenry/Benry names will fade out as the show progresses, and we just get used to his real name, plain Ben... but well, who knows :)  People are still calling Tom Mr. Friendly.
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: BurkRoyer on October 09, 2006, 07:54:18 PM
You guys should make of a game of this... Make up an acronym for something and see if people can guess what it stands for. 

What does this stand for:

HABHD

Since I'm leaving and won't here to respond to guesses, I'm putting this in spoiler tags... and no, I don't expect this to be added to the list

Spoiler
Having A Bad Hair Day
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Michelle13 on October 09, 2006, 07:54:59 PM
Hey, I actually got it right!! lol
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: PurpleLostPrincess on October 10, 2006, 10:19:54 AM
Can we officially add 'Benry' as an update to 'Fenry' please? I just think it makes sense as events have unfolded...

 ;D

Sure, we can add it to the list here :)  But my prediction is that eventually the whole Fenry/Benry names will fade out as the show progresses, and we just get used to his real name, plain Ben... but well, who knows :)  People are still calling Tom Mr. Friendly.

Fanx Pandora, I agree but I guess we'll see as time passes...!  
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: JBRam on October 10, 2006, 08:24:02 PM
Can we officially add 'Benry' as an update to 'Fenry' please? I just think it makes sense as events have unfolded...

 ;D

Sure, we can add it to the list here :)  But my prediction is that eventually the whole Fenry/Benry names will fade out as the show progresses, and we just get used to his real name, plain Ben... but well, who knows :)  People are still calling Tom Mr. Friendly.

Fanx Pandora, I agree but I guess we'll see as time passes...!  
Maybe, but for now, I will faithfully call him Benry. I like it best ;)
Title: Re: Glossary - LOST & Forum-Related Terms & Acronyms
Post by: Floyd25 on July 20, 2007, 01:10:01 PM
Pandora, this is great.  Wish I found it sooner.  Thanks!!! :D :D