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Old 01-24-2006, 03:14 PM   #1
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Common Abbreviations on this forum
Here's a list to help you get a handle on some of our forum abbreviations.
For more knitting abbreviations, go here.

BRB -- be right back (used in chat mostly)
BTW -- By the way

dec -- decrease (decrease a stitch in your knitting, see basic techniques)

D(followed by another capitol letter) commonly refers to a relation, such as one's "Dear Son." So:
DB -- Dear brother/boss/other relation whose significance starts with 'B'
DBF -- Dear boyfriend
DD --Dear daughter
DDIL -- Dear daughter-in-law
DGD -- Dear granddaughter
DGS -- Dear grandson
DH -- Dear husband
DS -- Dear son
DSE -- Dear spousal equivalent
DSO -- Dear significant other
DW -- Dear wife
*D might also refer to another D word, depending on the mood of the poster...Darling, Darned, etc.

ETA -- Edited to Add (used in a post when someone goes in to edit their post later)
EZ -- Elizabeth Zimmermann, the renouned knitting teacher and author

FO -- Finished object (*related to UFO, Unfinished Object)
FROG -- Frog is used quite often when an item is ripped out. Comes from "rip it, rip it" sounding like ribbit. Incidently, I made our frogging emoticon, using the knitter emoticon as a base. I'm very proud of it.
FWIW -- For what it's worth

GMTA -- great minds think alike

HTH -- Hope this helps

inc -- increase (add a stitch in your knitting, see basic techniques section)
IMO -- In my opinion
IMHO -- In my humble opinion
IMHBUO -- In my humble (but unerring) opinion
IMNSHO -- In my not so humble opinion

K -- Knit
KH --
KIP -- Knitting in public
KP --
KWIM -- Know what I mean?

LOL -- Laughing out loud (*see also ROFL)
LYS -- Local yarn shop

MIA -- Missing In Action (gone from the boards long enough to be noticed as missing)

OMG -- Oh My God/Goodness
OT -- off topic

PITA - Pain in the *ss
POV -- point of view
P -- Purl

ROFL -- Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLM*O -- Rolling on the floor laughing my asterisk off

SEX -- Stash enhancement (e)xpedition
SnB -- Stitch N B!tch (refers to an SnB group of people, or the book)
SO -- significant other

TIA -- Thanks in advance
TINK -- knit, spelled backwards, means to un-knit (frog)

UFO -- Unfinished object

WIP -- Work in progress
WOTA -- Wool of the Andes yarn
WYIF -- With yarn in front
WYIB -- With yarn in back

YO -- yarn over, an increase (more knitting terms/abbreviations here)

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Old 01-26-2006, 01:32 PM   #2
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I know this is gonna get deleted, but didn't EYE invent KH? I mean, invent as in started saying it?

And, KK must feel proud that she's on the list... for PITA.
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:19 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by foldedbird
....didn't EYE invent KH?
Must have been in Sept. when I was AWOL. What's EYE? (Dare I ask?)

ETA: Ahhh, I get it. Denise, I didn't know you invented the KH abbreviation! GOOD ONE, thanks!!
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:06 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by foldedbird
And, KK must feel proud that she's on the list... for PITA.
I certainly didnt invent THAT! I will take credit for WOTA, though....

Amy, Deni just likes to spell things strangely.... she meant "I". :rollseyes:
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Old 01-28-2006, 10:02 AM   #5
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SIMC,HMS,LOL I'm getting too old to ROTFLM*O!

And yet another of life's questions, that I have been pondering, has been answered HERE!
And it was the word origin of
*Knit, rip*, repeat between the *s as many times as necessary.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:29 PM   #6
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Oh, that emoticon fits me perfectly. I hate getting a project started and then be unable to finish because I can't understand the directions. What a waste1
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:18 AM   #7
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Here's one more for the list, since a member just asked.

KAL = Knit-Along
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:53 AM   #8
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Is TINK used much here? I know I tink more than I frog.
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:41 PM   #9
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What about KP? Knit Picks. I order from them and sometimes I see KP in a post and think "Wow that sounds like a great place to buy yarn, wonder what it is." duh.

There is a time to be born and a time to die. A time to laugh and a time to cry, but there never seems to be enough time to knit.-Anon. (or to visit KH!)

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Old 09-21-2011, 02:55 PM   #10
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I really like Knit Picks. They have very affordable and great quality yarn.
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