WIT :: of acronyms and secret languages

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Over the 12 months that I’ve persevered with MCC, I’ve fallen into a rather reprehensible habit of assumption.

That is, I assume people have been with me since Day 1. Or have a more than passing knowledge of my life. Or are psychic. And because of these assumptions, I forget that some of you gentle readers may be quite lost when I mention things offhand or without context.

Today, then, I shall attempt to rectify this situation. I have begun to compile a list of terms that I find myself using with abandon and I’d like to share the lovely lexicon I’ve created. Just for you. In alphabetical order, no less.

The MCC Lexicon

5 Things /fīv THiNGs/ (noun) – my Sunday feature; a way for me to do a recap of the previous week’s outfits and talk about randomosity at the same time. Since I don’t “dress up” on weekends, it’s a way for me to still post on my off days. I chose 5 because Top 10 is too much for random and 3 feels like not enough. Plus, 5 work outfits? 5 random things? It’s a match made in blogoverse heaven. I am running out of 5 Things ideas, though, so please feel free to drop me a line and give me topic suggestions.

BFF /b eff eff/ (noun) – self-explanatory and ubiquitous internet acronym for “Best Friends Forever”, sure, but here in MCC land, it’s the official name for my best friend/matron of honor/fellow English teacher

blogoverse /blog o vers/ (noun) – my cheeky term for the blogosphere or the community of bloggers I follow; I am, after all, a geek at heart

HGB /eɪch j b/ (noun) – 1. Holy Grail, Batman! or what I call things in my life that are indispensable. 2. a semi-regular weekend feature on MCC. Back when I was really into makeup – thanks KS#1! – I would stalk product review sites/blogs and they’d all refer to can’t-live-without-you items as their “holy grail”. I thought that really silly, albeit apropos. Then I thought of the 60s TV show I grew up watching, and thus a term is born.

interweb /intərweb/ (noun) – because no matter how well I front, I’m really a digital immigrant and sometimes I need to remind myself that I’m just passing through and shouldn’t take myself so seriously

Intrepid TAs /inˈtrepid t‘ eɪs’/ (adjective and noun) – indomitable teacher assistants; for those not in academia, I guess TAs in your world would be – how do you say? – minions. I have two official and one unofficial TAs and they run my life like a well-oiled machine. Or like tiny shoemaker’s elves.

KS /keɪ es/ (noun) – kid sister; I have two younger sibs so I refer to them as KS#1 (the one four years my junior who’s a nurse in Boston and who helps me with hair, nails and makeup) and KS#2 (the baby of the family who’s a doctor’s site manager in the Bay Area and who got me into blogging in the first place)

Mad Hunt /mad hunt/ (noun) – a relatively new term, it refers to that compulsion I get to stay up till the wee hours of dawn searching for an item that I just. Must. Have. My recent Mad Hunts include Custo Barcelona tops, Chelsea boots, 20s-inspired dresses and TARDIS blue Chucks. I’ve succeeded in all but the Chelsea boots hunt.

T3 /t‘ THrē/ (noun)Thoughtful Third Thursday; my joint linkup with Selah from A Bibliophile’s Style

TARDIS /tärdis/ (noun) – 1. a time machine. 2. a building or container that is larger inside than it appears to be from outside. I kid you not, the Merriam Webster online dictionary had an actual entry for the TARDIS. In the Whoverse, of course, we know it as the Time And Relative Dimension In Space transport that allows the Doctor to be – well, the Doctor. It’s also very blue and is the star of my Tuesday outfits, in color if not in theme/spirit.

Theme weeks – I talked about these in great detail, but in all the furor of linkups (both mine and others’), I think people may have overlooked them. Don’t fret, though. Aside from Thrifted Thursdays (which gets harder and harder to fulfill because I’m just not a thrifty person), I have actually managed to follow through with my days even if I don’t mention it in my posts.

WIT /ˈdəbəl  yo͞o    t‘/ (noun) – 1. What I‘m Thinking. 2. another semi-regular weekend feature on MCC. Originally coined to signal my fashionista readers that the post was less about clothes and more about my lunatic ramblings, it’s now become my excuse for randomness. Formerly known as “What’s in my head” but WIT seems a more punny, apropos acronym.

As I plan to continue adding to this list as I go, don’t be surprised if this ends up graduating to becoming a page all on its own and joining its compatriots up top on the main navi bar. Now to think of a clever word that starts with “in” and ends with “tion” and means “dictionary” or “glossary”. Egads, I’m anal!

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18 thoughts on “WIT :: of acronyms and secret languages

    • Do they actually say them out loud or just text them? That is, do they really say “eff arr” and “oh tee aich”? The English teacher in me shudders in horror. ;p

      • They say them out loud. But they say it with a bit of irony. And I have been corrected. It’s for realS. With an S. I have to stop now because it is rather annoying when older people try to sound/look/act like kids. FR.

    • Patti needs to teach me the mysterious ways of the tweet. I have yet to succumb but I hear all the young ‘uns are using them now? I kid, I kid. Of course I know tweets – I do teach high schoolers, yeah?

      You are now the more-than-fingers-in-one-handth person to tell me I’m funny. It must be true then. Huzzah! I just hope I can continue doing what I’m not sure I’m doing.

      Thanks for the follow and for the kind words. I was so surprised and pleased that I read it aloud to my husband who still thinks this venture of mine is silly and who believes only my sisters read my ramblings.

  1. Okay, now I need to know what MILF is. I think I can understand the F, and have even heard the acronym it supposedly came from, but to me MIL is mother in law (and I only learned that from blogging). Holy Grail, Batman!

    • It’s a term from the move “American Pie”, if I get my pop culture references correct. Since you already know what the “F” stands for, here’s the rest: “Moms I’d Like to…” I think that’s also where the idea, if not the term, “cougar” has its origins.

      Ewwww, right?!

  2. Haha, no wonder you laughed when I used an acronym yesterday! Back when I had a full-time desk job (which mostly consisted of answering a not very busy phone) I spent quite a bit of time in online forums. I picked up so many acronyms, and I sometimes forget that not everyone knows them. I did have to get my “baby” brother to explain MILF to me – I’m so sheltered. 😛

    • Eheh. Glad you get the joke now. MILF is an awful acronym, especially when you reach that age and wonder if you should be insulted for being called one or for not being called one. ;p

      I was a forum lurker meself – only on anime/fanfic sites – and I am a well of useless acronyms. I also tend to use the backslash in online convos like most people use hashtags, which totally dates me, I know.

      I wonder if I should put SAHM on my list? It’s not really mentioned much in style blogs so perhaps it’s needful?

      • I’ve had to have all kinds if awful acronyms and swear words explained to me. Did you know that the word the F in MILF stands for is an acronym itself? I get a little too curious about word origins sometimes.
        SAHM is really common online generally, but it wouldn’t hurt to define it.

        • I’d heard that the F word was an acronym, but there has been no definitive answer to that, even after extensive research. Ah, etymology! Gotta love it!

          • I think I heard the original for it a long time ago but it’s escaped me (kinda glad about that) – FCUK is massively popular here though i.e. French Connection UK

            BTW – (insert acronym) I love this post, very helpful;-)

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