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Vol. 2, No. 11
January 23, 2004

Internet and eBay Auction Abbreviations
by The Automotive Mileposts Staff

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Don't you hate it when you're reading an E-mail, or a post on a forum, or looking at an auction and they use abbreviations that don't make sense? Ever wonder what the heck those abbreviations mean? Now you can be an expert at deciphering all those abbreviations in E-mail, on auction listings, and every place else they pop up these days!

Listed below are commonly used abbreviations and their meanings. We'll keep updating the list as new ones become popular.

: Designates a lurker, someone who's just reading but not participating on a forum or chat board

404: A reference to someone who is totally clueless; originated from the Internet server error message "404 Not Found"

ADDY: Referring to an E-mail address

AKA: Also Known As

AOL: America Online

ASAP: As Soon As Possible

ATM: At This Moment (may also refer to Automatic Teller Machine)

B&W: Black and White

BBC: Bottom of Back Cover

BBIAB: Be Back In A Bit

BC: Back Cover

BRB: Be Right Back

BTW: By The Way

CC: Reference to a Cut Corner or Carbon Copy

CIB: Includes Cartridge, Instructions, and Box (as in printers, electronics, computers, etc.)

CONUS: Continental United States (Alaska and Hawaii are not included)

CYE: Check Your E-mail (for a message)

Digerati: Slang for people who are fluent in the digital world; a knock off from the word iliterati

DOA: Dead On Arrival (not working or operating when opened; an electronic or mechanical item that didn't work when plugged in straight from the package)

DSL: Direct Satellite Link; a high-speed Internet connection that connects through a special phone line

E-mail: Electronic Mail messages sent from computer to computer over the Internet

Emoticon: A specific set of characters used in a particular order to form different facial expressions in electronic communications; for example, " : ) " is a smile, " ; ) " is a wink, " : ( " is a pout

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions and their answers

FB: Feedback

Flame: An angry or insulting message or feedback, often an intentional attempt to incite additional insulting or rude messages

Flame war: A series of flame messages that escalates into a series of angry or insulting messages

FTP: File Transfer Protocol; a method of transferring files over the Internet

FVF: Final Value Fee

FWIW: For What It's Worth

Gently used: Something that has been used, but shows little wear, normally accompanied by an explanation and location of the wear

HP: Home Page; the page your browser defaults to when first opened

HTML: HyperText Markup Language, the character-based code used to create Web pages

HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol, the name given to the process of transporting HTML on the Internet

Hyperlink: A photo or text on a Web page that, when clicked, takes computer user to another place on the Internet; also referred to as a link

IE: Internet Explorer (Microsoft's browser included with Windows operating systems)

IMAO: In My Arrogant Opinion

IMHO: In My Humble Opinion

IMO: In My Opinion

INIT: Initials

ISP: Internet Service Provider, a company that provides access to the Internet (i.e., AOL, Earthlink, etc.)

JPG or JPEG: A type of file format for pictures on the Internet (pronounced "Jay-Peg")

Link: A photo or text on a Web page that, when clicked, takes computer user to another place on the Internet; also referred to as a hyperlink

LMK: Let Me Know

LOL: Laughing Out Loud (also refer to ROFL)

LTD: Limited edition

Mint: In perfect condition, like brand new (subjective)

MIB: Mint In Box, referring to original packaging item came in

MIJ: Made In Japan

MIMB: Mint In Mint Box

MIMP: Mint In Mint Package

MIP: Mint In Package

MNB: Mint No Box

MOC: Mint On Card (item never had a box; was shipped on a cardboard sleeve)

MOMC: Mint On Mint Card

MONMC: Mint On Near Mint Card

MWBT: Mint With Both Tags

MWMT: Mint With Mint Tags

MYOB: Mind Your Own Business (popularized by Ann Landers in her newspaper advice column)

NARU: Not A Registered User (suspended user)

NBW: Never Been Worn

NC: No Cover

NIB: New In Box

NM: Near Mint

NR: No Reserve price on auction - highest bid wins regardless of price

NO RESERVE: See NR above

NOS: New Old Stock

NORS: New Old Replacement Stock

NRFB: Never Removed From Box

OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer (not after market or reproduction)

OOP: Out Of Print

OTOH: On The Other Hand

Patina: The shine or natural aging process of the finish of an item

PM: Priority Mail or Private Message (Private Message refers to sending a party on a forum a message to their private mailbox, which is hidden from public view and not accessible by anyone other than the intended recipient)

Rare: Not common or hard to find item (subjective; overused in auction listings)

ROFL: Rolling On Floor Laughing (also refer to LOL)

RSVP: Respond So Very Promptly, or as soon as possible; French, Réspondez s'il vous plaît

S/O: Sold Out

Sig: Signature, a person's name and optional personal information at the end or bottom of a message

Snail Mail: United States Postal Service mail delivery

Spam: E-mail messages that are unwanted, not welcomed, and/or not requested by the message recipient (on eBay, sending E-mail to bidders in another seller's auction is prohibited)

SYSOP: System Operator

TBB: Teenie Beanie Babies

TIA: Thanks In Advance

TM: Trademark

TNG: The Next Generation, referring to Star Trek

TOS: The Original Series, referring to Star Trek, or Terms Of Service

URL: Uniform Resource Locator, the address of a particular Web site

USPS: United States Postal Service

VHTF: Very Hard To Find

WTMI: Way Too Much Information

WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get

Other eBay Auction links of interest:

eBay Member Registration - How to Register at eBay

Auction Terms, Phrases, and Definitions

How To Avoid Crooks When Bidding Online

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