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Subject: Confused by abbreviations on PBS
Date Posted: 12/16/2010 11:28 PM ET
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Hello, everyone!  I am pretty new, and this is my first foray into the forum area.  I see many abbreviations being used, and do not know what they mean. Is there a sticky somewhere, explaining them?  Thank you.

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 11:32 PM ET
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Acronyms/Abbreviations common on PBS:

  • ARC = Advanced Reader Copy (aka Uncorrected Proof, Review Copy); a preview copy of a book sent to reviewers in advance of a book's release; not the final copy of a book, and not permitted for swapping at PBS.
  • BCE = Book Club Edition.  Book club editions are special printings of books that use cheaper materials and are slightly smaller in size than standard hardcovers. They're usually sent out via mail order book clubs, hence the name, and sometimes do not have ISBNS (if this is the case, they must be Posted using the Post a Book without an ISBN feature).  They are permitted for swapping at PBS.
  • BIR = Books I've Read List. This is a list of all the books you have already read.
  • BoB = Box-O-Books. This service allows members to swap books without credits! See What is Box-O-Books? for more information about this feature.
  • Boxer = member subscribed to Box-O-Books.
  • BX = BookCrossing. BookCrossing.com is a website unaffiliated with PBS. BX books often have stamps or stickers on them, with their BX registration numbers.
  • FIFO = "first in, first out". FIFO refers to the order in which books are requested at PBS. See What is FIFO? for more information.
  • FOL = Friends of the Library, an organization which runs sales of decirculated library books.
  • ISBN = International Standard Book Number, usually found on the back or inside front flyleaf of a book.
  • PBS-DC = PBS Delivery Confirmation. See What is PBS Delivery Confirmation? for more information about this feature.
  • PM = Personal Message. You can read your PMs in your Message Center, by clicking Personal Message on the right-hand side of your account page.
  • Posted books = books currently available to order.
  • RCs - Requestor Conditions
  • RL = Reminder List. This is a list of the books you are considering ordering in future. See What is the Reminder List? for more information.
  • TBR = To Be Read (click the "show description" button on the TBR Pile page to read the full description of its purpose. The TBR Pile is in the dropdown menu under Book Lists on the right-hand side of your account page)
  • TG - Tour Guide
  • UnPosted books = books not currently available to order; these books may be added to your Wish List.
  • UBS = Used Book Store
  • USPS = United States Postal Service
  • WL = Wish List. See What is the Wish List? for more information.
Date Posted: 12/16/2010 11:47 PM ET
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TY so much, J!


I also see abbreviations such as 'RWAP' [sic]- what do some of those abbreviations mean? 

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 12:00 AM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2010
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RWAP= Received With A Problem

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 12:12 AM ET
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for anyone not familiar with internet language in general, this list really helped me

Acronyms/Abbreviations common on the Internet in general:

  • AFAIK = As Far As I Know
  • BRB = Be Right Back
  • BTW = By The Way
  • bump (as the lone word in a Forum post) = Bump Up My Post = empty post added to bring topic back to top of Forum topic list.  This is permissible in Book Bazaar topics once per day per topic.
  • DH, DW = Dear Husband, Dear Wife
  • DS, DD = Dear Son, Dear Daughter
  • ETA = Edited to Add. Used mainly on a forum post that has been edited, to explain why the editing was done.
  • FWIW = For What It's Worth
  • HTH = Hope That (or "This") Helps
  • IIRC = If I Recall Correctly
  • ISO = In Search Of
  • KWIM = Know What I Mean?
  • LOL = Laughing Out Loud
  • NM = Never Mind
  • NP = No Problem
  • OP = Original Poster (or Original Post). Used mainly in Discussion Forums, to refer to the post that started the topic OR the person who started the topic.
  • OTOH = On The Other Hand
  • OT = Off-Topic
  • ROFL = Rolling On the Floor Laughing
  • ROFLMAO = Rolling On the Floor Laughing My A** Off
  • SIL, MIL, FIL, BIL = sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law
  • TTFN = Ta-Ta For Now
  • TTYL = Talk To You Later
  • YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 1:22 PM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2010
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LOL, I always though DW, DH, DS, DD stood for something ENTIRELY different.

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 3:41 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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I wish I knew about a list for that when I first started on here.....I' m sure I drove people crazy asking what everything meant....LOL

So , dont feel bad..