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Dear c.l.c regulars,

How about codifying a list of acceptable acronyms on c.l.c?

<g>
<g,d&r>
<VBG>
AAMOF
AFAIAA
AFAIAC
AFAIC
AFAICT
AFAIK
AFAIR
AIUI
BTW
FAQ
FUBAR
FUD
FWIW
FYI
HAND
HTH
IANAL
IINM
IIRC
IMHO
IMNSHO
IMO
IOW
ISP
ISTM
ISTR
ITYM
IIUC
IYSWIM
LART
LOL
LUSER
NNTP
OP
OTOH
PITA
PLONK
POV
RFC
ROTFL
RTFAQ
RTFM
TIA
TTFN
WTH
WYSIWYG
Y2K
YHBT
YMMV

Comments are welcome.

Tak-Shing

Source: http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/techsupp/acronyms.htm
(with some deletions)

Nov 13 '05
89 5663
Keith Thompson <ks***@mib.or g> scribbled the following:
Tak-Shing Chan <es***@city.ac. uk> writes:
[...]
>> PLONK is this an acronym?
It means ``Please Log Off, Net Kook'' (according to
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/techsupp/acronyms.htm). But I
noticed that Eric Raymond's definition is different.

Looks like they're making things up. Plonk, as far as I know, is not
an acronym.


I agree with you. It's onomatopoetic or something. The only reason it
looks like an acronym is because it's written in ALL CAPS to make it
sound louder.
What would be the opposite of "plonk"? Maybe "plink"? Or "knolp"?

--
/-- Joona Palaste (pa*****@cc.hel sinki.fi) ------------- Finland --------\
\-- http://www.helsinki.fi/~palaste --------------------- rules! --------/
"To know me IS to love me."
- JIPsoft
Nov 13 '05 #21
Tak-Shing Chan <es***@city.ac. uk> scribbled the following:
On Sun, 7 Dec 2003, August Derleth wrote:
I also disagree: Usenet's abbreviations and acronyms are a kind of
symbolism that we can be sure nearly everyone understands without regard
to the person's first language.
Define ``nearly everyone''. ;-)


Every single one... <g, d & r>

--
/-- Joona Palaste (pa*****@cc.hel sinki.fi) ------------- Finland --------\
\-- http://www.helsinki.fi/~palaste --------------------- rules! --------/
"The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to
factor large prime numbers."
- Bill Gates
Nov 13 '05 #22
Joona I Palaste wrote:

Keith Thompson <ks***@mib.or g> scribbled the following:
Tak-Shing Chan <es***@city.ac. uk> writes:
[...]
>> PLONK is this an acronym?

It means ``Please Log Off, Net Kook'' (according to
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/techsupp/acronyms.htm). But I
noticed that Eric Raymond's definition is different.
Looks like they're making things up. Plonk, as far as I know, is not
an acronym.


I agree with you. It's onomatopoetic or something. The only reason it
looks like an acronym is because it's written in ALL CAPS to make it
sound louder.
What would be the opposite of "plonk"? Maybe "plink"? Or "knolp"?


Vrrrrrrp! ( the sound of velcro being pulled off ).
--
/-- Joona Palaste (pa*****@cc.hel sinki.fi) ------------- Finland --------\
\-- http://www.helsinki.fi/~palaste --------------------- rules! --------/
"To know me IS to love me."
- JIPsoft

--
Les Cargill
Nov 13 '05 #23
In article <ln************ @nuthaus.mib.or g>,
Keith Thompson <ks***@mib.or g> wrote:
Tak-Shing Chan <es***@city.ac. uk> writes:
[...]

>> PLONK is this an acronym?


It means ``Please Log Off, Net Kook'' (according to
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/techsupp/acronyms.htm). But I
noticed that Eric Raymond's definition is different.


Looks like they're making things up. Plonk, as far as I know, is not
an acronym.


Between my recollection of proposed expansions and the first page of
google://plonk+acronym:
People Leaving Our Newsgroup Killfiled
Person {of|with} Little Or No Knowledge
PLaced ON Killfilter

All of these look like back-formations to me. The most believable
etymology is that it came from the sound made when somebody falls to
the bottom of a killfile.
dave

--
Dave Vandervies dj******@csclub .uwaterloo.ca
If giving the youth new ways to think about things is corruption, then I
hope this university is guilty of it too.
--Mike in uw.general
Nov 13 '05 #24
Tak-Shing Chan wrote:
On Sun, 7 Dec 2003, August Derleth wrote:
I also disagree: Usenet's abbreviations and acronyms are a kind of
symbolism that we can be sure nearly everyone understands without regard
to the person's first language.


Define ``nearly everyone''. ;-)

Me.
--
Richard Heathfield : bi****@eton.pow ernet.co.uk
"Usenet is a strange place." - Dennis M Ritchie, 29 July 1999.
C FAQ: http://www.eskimo.com/~scs/C-faq/top.html
K&R answers, C books, etc: http://users.powernet.co.uk/eton
Nov 13 '05 #25

On Sun, 7 Dec 2003, Tak-Shing Chan wrote:

On Fri, 5 Dec 2003, Mac wrote:
IANAL x


Isn't this from Slashdot? I don't think this is a usenet acronym. We
probably shouldn't include it here.


From a Google Search: comp.lang.c regulars who use ``IANAL''
includes (inter alia) Daniel Fox, Arthur J. O'Dwyer, Dan Pop,
Bjorn Augestad, Steve (istartedi), Joona I Palaste, Chris Torek,
Richard Bos, Gergo Barany, Keith Thompson, CBFalconer, and
Christian Bau, in order of relevance.


Yay! I'm the second-most-relevant not-a-lawyer in this group!

-Arthur
Nov 13 '05 #26
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In comp.lang.c, Keith (ks***@mib.org) wrote:
>> PLONK is this an acronym?


It means ``Please Log Off, Net Kook'' (according to
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/techsupp/acronyms.htm). But I
noticed that Eric Raymond's definition is different.


Looks like they're making things up. Plonk, as far as I know, is not
an acronym.


It might be, or might not:

- From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:

plonk

(Possibly influenced by British slang "plonk" for cheap booze, or
"plonker" for someone behaving stupidly; usually written "*plonk*") The
sound a newbie makes as he falls to the bottom of a kill file. While
this term originated in the Usenet, by 1994 it was widespread on Usenet
and mailing lists as a form of public ridicule.
Another theory is that it is an acronym for "Person with
Little Or No Knowledge".
And yet one more:

- From Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
[vera]:

PLONK
Please Leave Our Newsgroup, Kid (Usenet, telecommunicati on-slang)

Regards,

Chema.
- --
http://EuropeSwPatentFree.hispalinux.es - EuropeSwPatentF ree
Take out "-news" if replying by e-mail / Quita "-news" para contestar
I don't read HTML posts / No leo mensajes en HTML
Blog Overflow: http://chema.homelinux.org
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Nov 13 '05 #27
Keith Thompson wrote:
Tak-Shing Chan <es***@city.ac. uk> writes:
[...]
> LUSER is this an acronym?


It means ``Local User'' (according to
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/techsupp/acronyms.htm).


I don't think it really means "local user". It's a combination
of "user" and "loser".
> PLONK is this an acronym?


I think of it as the sound made by the LUSER as s/he/it hits the
watery bottom of that deep well into which s/he/it is to be
henceforth delivered.

--
Chuck F (cb********@yah oo.com) (cb********@wor ldnet.att.net)
Available for consulting/temporary embedded and systems.
<http://cbfalconer.home .att.net> USE worldnet address!
Nov 13 '05 #28
Joona I Palaste wrote:
.... snip ...
What would be the opposite of "plonk"? Maybe "plink"? Or "knolp"?


#define hctiws }

switch (status) {
case plonk: destroy(); break;
case knolp: resurrect(); break;
default: read(); break;
hctiws;

:-)

--
Chuck F (cb********@yah oo.com) (cb********@wor ldnet.att.net)
Available for consulting/temporary embedded and systems.
<http://cbfalconer.home .att.net> USE worldnet address!
Nov 13 '05 #29
"Arthur J. O'Dwyer" wrote:
On Sun, 7 Dec 2003, Tak-Shing Chan wrote:
On Fri, 5 Dec 2003, Mac wrote:

> IANAL x

Isn't this from Slashdot? I don't think this is a usenet acronym. We
probably shouldn't include it here.


From a Google Search: comp.lang.c regulars who use ``IANAL''
includes (inter alia) Daniel Fox, Arthur J. O'Dwyer, Dan Pop,
Bjorn Augestad, Steve (istartedi), Joona I Palaste, Chris Torek,
Richard Bos, Gergo Barany, Keith Thompson, CBFalconer, and
Christian Bau, in order of relevance.


Yay! I'm the second-most-relevant not-a-lawyer in this group!


I think I used it for the first time in who knows how long last
week, and lo, I made the hall of shame! I suspect the 'relevance'
means usage count over some period.

--
Chuck F (cb********@yah oo.com) (cb********@wor ldnet.att.net)
Available for consulting/temporary embedded and systems.
<http://cbfalconer.home .att.net> USE worldnet address!
Nov 13 '05 #30

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