Glossary of abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms in wiki


It seems like we need a glossary of terms like OOO, FWIW, BTW, IMHO, etc in an editable format. Many of our brothers and sisters in other lands may be unfamiliar with our slang, and vice versa. This is an attempt to remedy that.

AC = Air contaminant or air conditioning
AFAIK = As Far As I Know
AFK (or AWK) = Away From Keyboard
ASAP = As Soon As Possible
ASCWINWOTYTSD (pronounced: “ask when what it said”) = A Sucking Chest Wound Is Nature’s Way Of Telling You To Slow Down
BAMF = Bay Area Maker Faire
BTW = By The Way
CA = Cyanoacrylate (super glue)
CAD = Computer Aided Design
CAM = Computer Aided Manufacturing
CEO = Chief Executive Officer
CMDF = Combined Miniature Defense (Deterrant) Forces
CNC = Computer Numerical Control
COO = Chief Operating Officer
DDAL = Don’t Drink And Laser
DIY = Do It Yourself
DOA = Dead On Arrival
DPI = Dots Per Inch (see PPI)
EVA = Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
FIFO = First In, First Out (see FILO, LIFO, LILO)
FILO = First In, Last Out (see FIFO, LIFO, LILO)
FLIR = Forward Looking InfraRed
FNL = Friendly Neighborhood Lawyer
FTFY = Fixed That For You
FTW = For The Win
FWIW = For What It’s Worth
FYI = For Your Information
GFUI (pronounced “gahfooey”) = GlowForge User Interface
GlowFlu/ forge flu = Affliction apparently caused by exposure to final GF production unit
GF = Glowforge® (:glowforge:) or girlfriend
GIGO = Garbage In, Garbage Out
HDPE = High Density PolyEthylene
HUD = Heads Up Display
HVAC = Heating, Ventilation, and Air ConditioninG
IANAL = I Am Not A Lawyer
IIRC = If I Recall (Remember) Correctly
IMHO = In My Humble (Honest) Opinion
IPM = Inches Per Minute
IKR = I Know, Right?
IR = InfraRed
IRL = In Real Life
JIT = Just In Time
Jules = Just usually leaves endearing suggestions
KISS = Keep It Simple [Silly]
LARP = Live Action Role Playing
LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LCD = Liquid Crystal Display
LDPE = Low Density PolyEthylene
LED = Light Emitting Diode
LEO = Law Enforcement Officer
LGAC = Laser generated air contaminant
LIFO = Last In, First Out (see FIFO, FILO, LILO)
LILO = Last In, Last Out (see FIFO, FILO, LIFO)
LLDPE = Linear Low Density PolyEthylene (stretch wrap)
LMGTFY = Let Me Google That For You
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
LPI = Lines Per Inch
MAS = Make Awesome Stuff
mil. = one thousandth of an inch (preferred terms: “thou” or “thousandth”)
NDA = Non Disclosure Agreement
NIMLC = Not In My Laser Cutter
OOO = Out Of Office (typically until April 6th)
OP = Original Post (or Original Poster)
PC = PolyCarbonate
PCB = Printed Circuit Board
PE = PolyEthylene
PEBKAC = Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair
PEWS = Informal reference to power settings
PG = Proofgrade™(:proofgrade:)
PP = PolyPropylene
PPI = Points (Pulses) (Pixels) Per Inch (see DPI)
PR or PRU = Pre-Release User (Unit)
PS = PolyStyrene
PU = PolyUrethane
PVA = PolyVinyl Alcohol
PVC = PolyVinyl Chloride
QUID = Quality Usually Is Delayed
RTFM = Read The [Fabulous] Manual
ROFL or ROTFL = Rolling On (The) Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO = Rolling On the Floor, Laughing My [Asterisk] Off
SCUBA = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SMOP = Simple Matter Of Programming
Squeee = Wow, that’s so cool !
SVG = Scalable Vector Graphic (file extension)
TAT = That’s A Typo
thou. = one thousandth of an inch (see mil.)
TL;DR = Too Long. Didn’t Read
UI = User Interface
VAMP = Visualize And Make Perfect
WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get
Xmas = Christmas
YMMV = Your Mileage (or experience) May Vary
ZIGAPOP = 'Zhere It Goes- Another Piece Of Proofgrade™
ZOOMS = Informal reference to speed settings

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AWK = away from keyboard


I have only ever seen that as AFK


Laughed way too much at the OOO one


light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation


TAT - that’s a typo




I always thought it was “in my honest opinion,” which has a different feel to me. Whatever works for me, though.

edit: [quote=“volivaa, post:1, topic:7166”]
GFUI = Glowforge under interface

It’s not user interface? I’m clueless!


Damn spell check. Lol


Priceless :slight_smile:


Thanks for this, it’s really useful for us the aliens (according to TSA) :alien:


TL;DR = Too long. Didn’t read.


I saw one missing. FTFY.


Did you see the comic relief definition of @Jules?


PU = Polyurethane

…and many thanks for the thread.



Damn! I glossed over that the first time! You’ve even got “squee” defined! :joy: :kissing_heart:

And April 6th!

(You are far far too clever!) :smile:


Missing a few alphabetic characters… D K M Q V W Z

DDAL Don’t Drink and Laser
KISS Keep it Simple {Silly]
MAS Make Awesome Stuff
QUID Quality Usually Is Delayed
VAMP Visualize and Make Perfect
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
ZIGAPOP Zap It Glowforge™- Another Piece Of Proofgrade™



I have no idea what that stands for and look forward to knowing. But, my clearly insane mind went to “Eff that effing yeti!”


:smile: Fixed That For You.


Some people call FTFY “fixed that, f*** you” because it’s usually a snarky fix.