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Subject: Common Acronymns
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 2:56 PM ET
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Can anyone provide an explanation for common acronymns used on PBS?  I'm trying to do my homework by readings some of the discussion forums for issues, etc ; but the abbreviations are killing me  ie  RWAP??

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:03 PM ET
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RWAP = Received With A Problem


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IIRC stumped me for a long time. I finally figured it out--If I Recall Correctly...

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:12 PM ET
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TPTB = The Powers That Be


Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:34 PM ET
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Here are some acronyms that might help you:

RC - Requestor Condition(s), TBR - (Books) To Be Read,  PO- Post Office, USPS - United States Postal Service, HC- Hardcover, PP - Paperback, MMPB - Massmarket Paperback, DJ - Dust Jacket (for hardcover books), FIFO - First In First Out, WL - wishlist, and then there are some military acronyms (for books to go to members in the military) - APO-Army Post Office, FPO- Fleet Post Office,etc., and PBS-DC - Paperbackswap Delivery Confirmation.

Hope this small list helps you.


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Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:42 PM ET
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There's a place in PBS to see all of them. I found it once, but can't remember where. Anyone else know?

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:46 PM ET
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go to Browse Help Docs, then in the search field, type "glossary"

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:48 PM ET
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You can find them all listed here - http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=217

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Does anyone know what EXP means? I usually see it before a book title.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 5:01 PM ET
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You'll also see a lot of acronyms used that orignated with email, texting and instant messaging that are not unique to PBS. For example:

DD / DS = Dear Daughter (or Darling Daughter) / Dear Son

HEA = Happily Ever After

LOL = Laughing out loud

IMHO = In my humble opinion

You can figure out a lot of those from the context in which they are used.

Here's a common list.



Subject: Origins of acronyms
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:12 AM ET
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Actually, most of the acronyms you will see here (other than those created by PBS or its members to deal with this being a book-focused site) go back to one of two sources: 1) the military or other government agencies in the pre-Internet days; or 2) science fiction fandom in the pre-internet days.

SF Fans created a bunch of acronyms for use in the amateur press alliances that became the model for chat boards and the usenet and other types of internet sites; many of those acronyms then were adopted and adapted by the early networkers (early, as back in the days when the internet was schools and government agencies and a massive bunch of hobbyists who ran their own bulletin boards that were connected in much less direct ways than today's internet is connected -- before the commercial entities were allowed in and the world wide web was grafted onto the internetworking backbone). The overlap between SF fans and computer networkers in the early days was pretty high, so ILOL and IMHO and others entered the internet from fandom.

Some of the acronyms came from the military -- some fans were military and the original backbone for the network-of-networks was DARPAnet, the US Defense Department network.

Of course, texting adding some new abbreviations, but most of the ones in use here are probably from SF fandom or the military.


Date Posted: 6/19/2009 10:57 PM ET
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Leann, thanks for the link. As many years as I have been around those who love acronyms, some of these were still unfamiliar to me.