Laundry Room Forum acronyms and jargon
In an attempt to alleviate the sense of bewilderment often expressed by newcomers to this rather technical and in-depth Forum, the following FAQ article provides definitions for some of the terms and abbreviations employed in the discussion threads hereabouts.
This list will probably always be a "work in progress", as the laundromania meme continues to evolve and ever more-inclusive reference works are needed to truly understand the denizens of this site. :)
If there is a particular term or piece of information anyone would like to see included in this mini-dictionary, please let me know!
First, to help bring true computer neophytes up to speed with these types of online discussion boards, here are some of the more commonly-seen acronyms, not specific to the Laundry Room Forum, which have been used on many online message sites and chat rooms for years (predating the Web itself):
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
BIL - Brother-In-Law
BTW - By The Way
DD - Dear Daughter (Also, in the Appliances Forum, used as an abbreviation for "Dish Drawer", a type of dishwasher manufactured by F&P.)
DH - Dear Husband
DIL - Daughter-In-Law
DP - Dear Partner
DS - Dear Son
DW - Dear Wife (Also, in the Appliances Forum, used as an abbreviation for "Dishwasher". It is highly recommended that husbands not use the two meanings interchangeably, LOL!)
FAQ - Frequently Asked/Answered Questions
FIL - Father-In-Law
FWIW - For What It's Worth
IIRC - If I Recall/Remember Correctly
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IRL - In Real Life (i.e. not via a computer/online connection or search)
ISO - In Search Of
JMHO - Just My Humble Opinion
JMO - Just My Opinion
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
OT - Original Topic, or conversely, Off Topic
OTOH - On The Other Hand
ROFL or ROTFL - Rolling on (the) Floor Laughing
SIL - Sister-In-Law
SO - Significant Other
SWMBO - She Who Must Be Obeyed (see "DW")
TIA - Thanks In Advance
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (i.e. this was my experience, but you might get different results)
And here are some of the acronyms, abbreviations, and unusual or otherwise unfamiliar nomenclature seen in the Laundry Room Forum proper:
AEG - Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft. German manufacturer of frontloading washers. AEG washers are of very high quality (a close second to Miele) and tend to have similarly high prices in North America. As of this writing (January 2005), not sold directly in the USA, but can be ordered from Canada.
Asko - Swedish manufacturer of quality frontloading washers.
Bosch - German manufacturer of quality frontloading washers. As of this writing (January 2005), Bosch offers two series of frontloading washers, the smaller "Axxis" machines which run on 240V power, and the larger "Nexxt" machines which run on 120V power.
Combo washer/dryer or Combo WD or Combo - A single machine which can both wash and dry...