Glossary of Terms


10 Meter
10 Meter

The 28.000-to-29.700 MHz Amateur radio band is approximately 10 meters in wavelength so it is called the 10 Meter band. The 10 meter band is adjacent to the Citizen’s Band (27 MHz, or 11 meters), so it has been common practice to modify older 23 channel CB radio to operate in the 10 meter band. See also: CB and Free Band.
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2 Meter
2 Meter

The 144-to-148 MHz Amateur radio band is approximately 2 meters in wavelength so it is called the 2 Meter band.
2FA
2FA = Two Factor Authentication
A secondary form of authentication used for logging into computer systems. Something you know (username and password) + something you have (physical device)
2M
2M = 2 Meter

The 144-to-148 MHz Amateur radio band is approximately 2 meters in wavelength so it is called the 2 Meter band.
4473
4473

The ubiquitous “yellow form” that is kept on file permanently when a modern firearm is sold by a FFL holder.
6 Meter
6 Meter

A VHF amateur radio band from 50 to 54 MHz–approximately 6 meters in wavelength, so it is called the 6 Meter band.
90% Silver
90% Silver or Junk Silver

1964 or earlier mint date circulated U.S. silver dimes, quarters, or half dollars with little or no numismatic value. These coin have a silver content of 90%.
922(r)
922(r)

The US Code section that requires seven American -made parts to be included when assembling a semi-auto-rifle on an American-made receiver, with an imported parts kit.
A-IWB
AIWB = Appendix In the Waistband

A method of concealed handgun carry that places the firearm between the 12:30 & 2:00 position (belt buckle is 12:00).
A.O.
AO = Area of Operations

In U.S. military parlance, an area of operations (AO) is an operational area defined by the force commander for land, air, and naval forces conduct of combat and non-combat activities.

Areas of operations do not typically encompass the entire operational area of the force commander, but should be large enough for subordinate commanders to accomplish their goals, achieve objectives and missions, and to protect their forces. Within an AO there will typically be one Main Supply Route along which vehicles, personnel and supplies will be transported.
ABAO
ABAO = All Bets Are Off

All Bets Are Off (a situation synonymous with TEOTWAWKI.)
ACOG
ACOG = Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
(A tritium scope made by Trijicon)
ACU
ACU = Army Combat Uniform

The U.S.Army’s current “digital” pattern camouflage uniformthat replaced the BDU.
AFAIK
AFAIK = As Far As I Know
Ag
Ag = Silver

Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, and is used as an investment, to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware, utensils (hence the term silverware), and currency coins.

Today, silver metal is also used in electrical contacts and conductors, in mirrors and in catalysis of chemical reactions. Its compounds are used in photographic film, and dilute silver nitrate solutions and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbiocides (oligodynamic effect). While many medical antimicrobial uses of silver have been supplanted by antibiotics, further research into clinical potential continues.
AGM
AGM = Absorbed Glass Mat

A modern and very reliable rechargeable battery design that uses saturated absorbent glass mats instead of gelled or liquid electrolyte. Somewhat more expensive than flooded (liquid) type cells.
AIWB
AIWB = Appendix In the Waistband

A method of concealed handgun carry that places the firearm between the 12:30 & 2:00 position (belt buckle is 12:00).
AK-47
AK-47 = Avtomat Kalashnikov 47

The gas-operated weapons family invented by Mikhail Timofeyevitch Kalashnikov, a Red Army sergeant. AKs are known for their robustness and were made in huge numbers,so that they are ubiquitous in much of Asia and the Third World. The 47 is an early generation AK carbine that shoots the intermediate 7.62 x 39mm cartridge.
AO
AO = Area of Operations

In U.S. military parlance, an area of operations (AO) is an operational area defined by the force commander for land, air, and naval forces conduct of combat and non-combat activities.

Areas of operations do not typically encompass the entire operational area of the force commander, but should be large enough for subordinate commanders to accomplish their goals, achieve objectives and missions, and to protect their forces. Within an AO there will typically be one Main Supply Route along which vehicles, personnel and supplies will be transported.
AoO
AoO = Area of Operations

In U.S. military parlance, an area of operations (AO) is an operational area defined by the force commander for land, air, and naval forces conduct of combat and non-combat activities.

Areas of operations do not typically encompass the entire operational area of the force commander, but should be large enough for subordinate commanders to accomplish their goals, achieve objectives and missions, and to protect their forces. Within an AO there will typically be one Main Supply Route along which vehicles, personnel and supplies will be transported.
AOW
AOW = Any Other Weapons

This is a broad catch-all category used to regulate any number of firearms which the BATFE under the National Firearms Act enforces registration and taxation. Examples include, among others:

Smooth-bore pistols
Pen guns and cane guns
A firearm with combinations smooth bore and rifle barrels 12 inches or more but less than 18 inches in length from which only a single shot can be made from either barrel
Disguised firearms
Firearms that can be fired from within a wallet holster or a briefcase
A short-barreled shotgun which came from the factory with a pistol grip and no buttstock is categorized as an Any Other Weapon (smooth-bore pistol) rather than a Short Barrel Shotgun, because the Gun Control Act describes a shotgun as, “…designed or redesigned to be fired from the shoulder…”
Handguns with a forward vertical grip
AR-15
AR-15

Semi-auto civilian variants of the U.S. Army M16 rifle.

ar-15 rifle
ARRL
ARRL = American Radio Relay League
Au
Au = Gold

Gold has been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal for coinage, jewelry, and other arts since long before the beginning of recorded history. Gold standards have been the most common basis for monetary policies throughout human history, being widely supplanted by fiat currency starting in the 1930s. The last gold certificate and gold coin currencies were issued in the U.S. in 1932. In Europe, most countries left the gold standard with the start of World War I in 1914 and, with huge war debts, failed to return to gold as a medium of exchange.
AWB
AWB = Assault Weapons Ban The 1994 U.S. Federal ban on magazines over 10 round capacity and certain “assault” [sic} firearms. The law sunsetted in 2004 and is now null and void.
BALCS
BALCS = Body Armor Load Carry System The ballistic upgrade of the MOLLE system.
BATFE
BATFE = Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

A U.S. Federal government taxing agency
BBIAB
BBIAB = Be Back In A Bit
BCG
BCG = Bolt Carrier Groups (ARs)
BDU
BDU = Battle Dress Uniform. Also called “camouflage utilities” by the USMC.
BOB
BOB = Bug Out Bag

A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. The kits are also popular in the survivalism subculture.

Other names for such a bag are a 72-hour kit, a grab bag, a battle box, a Personal Emergency Relocation Kits (PERK), a go bag or a GOOD bag (Get Out Of Dodge) - Alternatively Bug Out Boat, Bug Out Bike
BOBs
BOB = Bug Out Bag

A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. The kits are also popular in the survivalism subculture.

Other names for such a bag are a 72-hour kit, a grab bag, a battle box, a Personal Emergency Relocation Kits (PERK), a go bag or a GOOD bag (Get Out Of Dodge) - Alternatively Bug Out Boat, Bug Out Bike
BOL
BOL = Bug out Location

A retreat is a place of refuge for those in the survivalist subculture or movement. Retreats are also sometimes called Bug-Out Locations (BOLs). Survivalist retreats are intended to be self-sufficient, easily defended, and are generally located in lightly populated rural areas.
BOV
BOV = Bug Out Vehicle

This is a vehicle that the owner keeps prepared in the event of the need for an emergency evacuation.

Typically a BOV is equipped with a variation on the bug-out bag that includes additional automotive supplies, clothing, food and water. Survivalists tend to favor four wheel drive trucks and SUVs due to their greater off-road abilities. In the event of a nuclear catastrophe, survivalists may opt into maintaining an older vehicle since it most likely lacks critical electronic components that would otherwise be damaged by the electromagnetic pulse that accompanies a nuclear explosion.
BUIS
BUIS = Back Up Iron Sights

Mechanical sights for fall back when your scope, laser or other sighting device fails.
CME
CME = Coronal mass ejection

A massive burst of solar wind and other ejecta from a star
CQ
CQ = Colloquium - Group/Meeting

The amateur radio code for “Calling any amateur radio station”.
CTCSS
CTCSS = Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System

(also known as Private Line (PL) or Channel Guard). Uses subaudible tones to allow co-channel users to operate without having to hear transmissions directed to other users. “Private Line” [Motorola] and “Channel Guard” [General Electric. are examples of trademarked names for CTCSS. Newer squelch systems that use digital codes are referred to as “digital squelch” as opposed to the sub-audible tones used with the older CTCSS concept.
DCS
DSC = Digital Coded Squelch
dox
dox

Doxing (from dox, abbreviation of documents), or doxxing, is the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual.

The methods employed to acquire this information include searching publicly available databases and social media websites (like Facebook), hacking, and social engineering. It is closely related to internet vigilantism and hacktivism.

Doxing may be carried out for various reasons, including to aid law enforcement, business analysis, extortion, coercion, harassment, public shaming and vigilante justice.
doxed
doxed

Doxed (from dox, abbreviation of documents), or doxxing, is the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual.

The methods employed to acquire this information include searching publicly available databases and social media websites (like Facebook), hacking, and social engineering. It is closely related to internet vigilantism and hacktivism.

Doxing may be carried out for various reasons, including to aid law enforcement, business analysis, extortion, coercion, harassment, public shaming and vigilante justice.
doxing
Doxing (from dox, abbreviation of documents), or doxxing, is the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual.

The methods employed to acquire this information include searching publicly available databases and social media websites (like Facebook), hacking, and social engineering. It is closely related to internet vigilantism and hacktivism.

Doxing may be carried out for various reasons, including to aid law enforcement, business analysis, extortion, coercion, harassment, public shaming and vigilante justice.
DX
DX = Long distance radio communication (amateur radio)
EDC
EDC = Every Day Carry

What one carries at all times in case disaster strikes while one is out and about. Also refers to the normal carrying of a pistol for self-defense, or (as a noun) the pistol, knife or tool which is carried.
EMP
EMP = Electromagnetic Pulse

An extreme level of electromagnetic energy sufficient to burn out computer chips that may be caused by solar flares or by atmospheric nuclear explosions. Such an event would disable the Internet, telephones, computers, and devices that rely on computer controls, including automobiles, the electrical grid, and household appliances.
EOTW
EOTW = End Of The World
EOTWAWKI
EOTWAWKI = The End Of The World As We Know It

Acronym coined by Mike Medintz -
Pronounced [ee-ought-walk-ee].
FA
FA = Full Auto

An automatic rifle is a type of magazine or belt fed rifle that uses either its recoil or a portion of the gas propelling the projectile to remove the spent cartridge case, cock the rifle, load a new cartridge and fire again repeatedly, as long as the trigger is held down or until the magazine is exhausted.

Automatic rifles are distinguished from semi-automatic rifles in their ability to fire more than one shot in succession once the trigger is pulled. Most automatic rifles are select-fire weapons which are capable of firing in both full-automatic and semi-automatic.
FFL
FFL = Federal Firearms License
FLIR
FLIR = Forward Looking Infrared
FMJ
FMJ = Full Metal Jacket

A bullet consisting of a soft core (usually made of lead) encased in a shell of harder metal, such as gilding metal, cupronickel or less commonly a steel alloy. This shell can extend around all of the bullet (alternatively termed a total metal jacket round) or, more often, just around the front and sides with the rear lead part left exposed. The jacket allows for higher muzzle velocities than bare lead without depositing significant amounts of metal in the bore. It also prevents damage to bores from steel or armor-piercing core materials. The appearance of Full Metal Jacket ammunition is highly distinctive when compared to hollow-point or soft point bullets. Historically, the first successful full metal jacket rifle bullets were invented by Lt. Col. Eduard Rubin of the Swiss Army in 1882.
FOB
FOB = Forward Operating Base
FRN
FRN = Federal Reserve Note

A Federal Reserve Note, also a United States banknote or U.S. banknote, is a type of banknote used in the United States of America. Denominated in United States dollars, Federal Reserve Notes are printed by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing on paper made by Crane & Co. of Dalton, Massachusetts.

Federal Reserve Notes are the only type of U.S. banknote currently produced. They are distinct from Federal Reserve Bank Notes, each of which was issued (until 1971) and backed by one, rather than all collectively, of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks.
FRNS
frns = Federal Reserve Note(s)

A Federal Reserve Note, also a United States banknote or U.S. banknote, is a type of banknote used in the United States of America. Denominated in United States dollars, Federal Reserve Notes are printed by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing on paper made by Crane & Co. of Dalton, Massachusetts.

Federal Reserve Notes are the only type of U.S. banknote currently produced. They are distinct from Federal Reserve Bank Notes, each of which was issued (until 1971) and backed by one, rather than all collectively, of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks.
FRS
FRS = Family Radio Service

(A type of UHF-FM walkie-talkie that requires no license in the U.S.)
FSK
FSK = Frequency Shift Keying
FTX
FTX = Field Training Exercise
FUBAR
FUBAR = Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition
FUD
FUD =Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
G.O.O.D.
G.O.O.D. = Get Out Of Dodge

Generic acronym for leaving the big city in a hurry WTSHTF. (Acronym coined by JWR). Similar to “bug out”. The term Get Out of Dodge kit is synonymous with Bug Out Bag.
Genny
Genny = Slang for generator
Genset
Genset = Generator Set. (U.S. military terminology.)
GFCI
GFCI = Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt
GFI
GFI = Ground Fault Interrupt
GHB
GHB = Get Home Bag
GMRS
GMRS = General Mobile Radio

A licensed UHF-FM 2-way radio service. Service. See also: FRS and MURS.
GOLDEN HORDE
Golden Horde

The anticipated large, mixed horde of refugees and looters that will pour out of the metropolitan regions after a large disaster or other event which disrupts normal services necessary for life.

Phrase originally coined by James Wesley, Rawles of survivalblog.
GTG
GTG = Good To Go
HDW
HDW = Home Defense Weapon
IFAK
IFAK = Individual First Aid Kit

Also known as BOK (Blow Out Kit) and referenced on this forum as PFAK at times. The IFAK is a part of the TCCC Tactical Combat Casualty Care system aka TC3.
IWB
IWB = In the WaistBand

A method of concealed handgun carry that places the firearm inside as opposed to outside the pants.
jackboot
jackboot

The word is commonly used as a synonym for totalitarianism, particularly fascism, Following the 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared that the democratic rights of the Falkland Islanders had been assaulted, and would not surrender the islands to the Argentine jackboot.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. - George Orwell, 1984
jackboots
jackboot

The word is commonly used as a synonym for totalitarianism, particularly fascism, Following the 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared that the democratic rights of the Falkland Islanders had been assaulted, and would not surrender the islands to the Argentine jackboot.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. - George Orwell, 1984
JBT
JBT = Jack Booted Thug
JBTs
JBTs = Jack Booted Thugs
JHP
JHP = Jacketed Hollow Point

A projectile in which the tip is hollowed out, exposing the lead, and the rest of the bullet jacketed (usually copper). These projectiles are generally designed to expand, with the individual -petals- cutting and producing a more severe wound.
Junk Silver
90% Silver or Junk Silver

1964 or earlier mint date circulated U.S. silver dimes, quarters, or half dollars with little or no numismatic value. These coin have a silver content of 90%.
KYPD
KYPD = Keep Your Powder Dry

LBE
LBE = Load Bearing Equipment

A generic name for military style suspenders or vest used for carrying magazine pouches,canteen, pistol holster, et cetera. Also called Web Gear, or in some cases Deuce Gear.
LEO
LEO = Law Enforcement Officer - Police Officer - Cop
LEOs
LEO = Law Enforcement Officer - Police Officer - Cop
LGS
Local Gun Shop or Store
LP/OP
LP/OP = Listening post/observation post

Usually the same position, used for observation in daylight hours and for listening and use of Starlight devices at night.
LRP
LRP = Long Range Patrol
LRRP
LRRP = Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol
LRRS
LRRS = Long Range Reconnaissance and Surveillance
LTS
LTS = Long Term Storage
M16
M16

The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is a United States military adaptation of the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle. The original M16 was a select-fire, 5.56×45mm rifle with a 20-round magazine.

ar-15 rifle
M4
M4 Rifle U.S. Army issue 5.56mm NATO selective fire carbine. (A shorter version of the M16 rifle, with a 14.5″ barrel and collapsing stock.) Earlier issue M1.carbine variants had designations such as XM177E2 and CAR-15.)
M4gery
M4gery

Civilian (semi-auto only) version of the U.S. Army issue 5.56mm NATO carbine. (Typically with a 16″ barrel instead of the military issue 14.5″ barrel–to meet the U.S.16″ minimum rifle barrel length requirement–and a collapsing stock.)
spoken [Em-Forgery]
MBR
MBR = Main Battle Rifle
MOLLE
MOLLE = Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
Molon Labe
[mo-lone lah-veh]

(Greek) Come And Get Them - molṑn labé is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army's demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae. It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase.

Two little words. With these two words, two concepts were verbalized that have lived for nearly two and a half Millennia. They signify and characterize both the heart of the Warrior, and the indomitable spirit of mankind. From the ancient Greek, they are the reply of the Spartan General-King Leonidas to Xerxes, the Persian Emperor who came with 600,000 of the fiercest fighting troops in the world to conquer and invade little Greece, then the center and birthplace of civilization as we know it. When Xerxes offered to spare the lives of Leonidas, his 300 personal bodyguards and a handful of Thebans and others who volunteered to defend their country, if they would lay down their arms, Leonidas shouted these two words back.

They live on today as the most notable quote in military history. And so began the classic example of courage and valor in its dismissal of overwhelming superiority of numbers, wherein the heart and spirit of brave men overcame insuperable odds. Today, there lies a plaque dedicated to these heroes all at the site. It reads: “Go tell the Spartans, travelers passing by, that here, obedient to their laws we lie.” We have adopted this defiant utterance as a battle cry in our war against oppression because it says so clearly and simply towards those who would take our arms. It signifies our determination to not strike the first blow, but also to not stand mute and allow our loved ones, and all that we believe in and stand for, to be trampled by men who would deprive us of our God-given – or natural, if you will – rights to suit their own ends.
MPPT
Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is a technique that grid connected inverters, solar battery chargers and similar devices use to get the maximum possible power from one or more photovoltaic modules. Photovoltaic solar cells have a complex relationship between solar irradiance (W/square meter), temperature and total resistance that produces a non-linear output efficiency which can be analyzed based on the I-V curve. It is the purpose of the MPPT system to sample the output of the PV cells and apply the proper resistance (load) to obtain maximum power for any given environmental conditions. MPPT devices are typically integrated into an electric power converter system that provides voltage or current conversion, filtering, and regulation for driving various loads, including power grids, batteries, or motors.
MRE
MRE = Meal, Ready to Eat

The Meal, Ready-to-Eat is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging bought by the United States military for its service members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available. The MRE replaced the canned MCI, or Meal, Combat, Individual rations, in 1981 and is the intended successor to the lighter LRP ration developed by the United States Army for Special Forces and Ranger patrol units in Vietnam.
MURS
MURS = Multi Use Radio Service. This a VHF 2-way radio service that does not require a license.
MZB
MZB = Mutant Zombie Biker

A catch all term for various forms of undesirables once the S has HTF. Popularized in the EOTWAWKI novel made famous right here on Survivalmonkey.com, Lights Out - By David Crawford aka Halffast
N95
N95 Respirator

A typical N95 mask is a lightweight respirator that covers just the nose and mouth and provides decent protection from viruses such as influenza. The N95 designation means that the mask blocks about 95 percent of particles that are 0.3 microns in size or larger. This is larger than the dimension of most viruses, but most viruses are carried through the air on particles of dust, saliva, skin, or mucous, which are much larger than 0.3 microns.
NCBB
NCBB = Never Coming Back Bag
NFA
NFA = The National Firearms Act

The National Firearms Act, 72nd Congress, Sess. 2, ch. 757, 48 Stat. 1236, enacted on June 26, 1934, currently codified as amended as 26 U.S.C. ch. 53, is an Act of Congress in the United States that, in general, imposes a statutory excise tax on the manufacture and transfer of certain firearms and mandates the registration of those firearms. The Act was passed shortly after the repeal of Prohibition.

The NFA is also referred to as Title II of the Federal firearms laws. The Gun Control Act of 1968 GCA is Title I. All transfers of ownership of registered NFA firearms must be done through the federal NFA registry. The NFA also requires that transport of NFA firearms across state lines by the owner must be reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, or BATFE).
NSFW
NSFW = Not Safe For Work

Typically, the NSFW tag is used in e-mail, videos, and on interactive discussion areas (such as Internet forums, blogs, or community websites) to mark URLs or hyperlinks which contain material such as nudity, pornography or profanity, which the viewer may not want to be seen accessing in a public or formal setting such as at work.
NSW
NSW = Not Safe for Work

Typically, the NSFW tag is used in e-mail, videos, and on interactive discussion areas (such as Internet forums, blogs, or community websites) to mark URLs or hyperlinks which contain material such as nudity, pornography or profanity, which the viewer may not want to be seen accessing in a public or formal setting such as at work.
NVD
NVD = Night Vision Device
NVG
NVG = Night Vision Goggles
NWS
NWS = Not Work Safe

Typically, the NSFW tag is used in e-mail, videos, and on interactive discussion areas (such as Internet forums, blogs, or community websites) to mark URLs or hyperlinks which contain material such as nudity, pornography or profanity, which the viewer may not want to be seen accessing in a public or formal setting such as at work.
OODA
OODA

Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action (term coined and concept developed by Col. John Boyd, USAF (Ret.), usually called an OODA Loop). An explanation can be found at Going to Guns: A Critical Introduction to the OODA Cycle
OPSEC
OPerations SECurity is a process that identifies critical information to determine if friendly actions can be observed by adversary intelligence systems, determines if information obtained by adversaries could be interpreted to be useful to them, and then executes selected measures that eliminate or reduce adversary exploitation of friendly critical information. OPSEC is the process of protecting little pieces of data that could be grouped together to give the bigger picture. OPSEC is the protecting of critical information deemed mission essential from military commanders. Protecting this critical information is through the use of email encryption software, careful of who may be listening to you (like in a hotel bar), paying close attention to a picture you have taken (back ground) or not talking openly on social media sites about information on the unit's critical information list (military deployments, shortages of equipment or movement of VIPs).
PERK
PERK = Personal Emergency Relocation Kits
PFAK
PFAK = Personal First Aid Kit
PFK
PFK = Personal First Aid Kit
PSK
PSK = Personal Survival Kit
PSYOP
PSYOP = Psychological Operation

Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.
PTB
PTB = The Powers That Be

A phrase used to refer to those individuals or groups who collectively hold authority over a particular domain
Governments, both central and local, and the accompanying civil service
The shadow government being those that are above what we know, the global elite, and in some circles called the Illuminati
The upper management of a business
Those who control the dissemination of information
Controlling bodies in any organization or activity
pwn
PWN = Own

Slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The word originated from the chess term of Pawned, having appeared in old comic strips from the 1980s. When one pawns a player, one gets rid of him quickly; eg quick defeat. Owned is a slow defeat or a check-mating process, however it is a quick victory. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated.

In hacker jargon, it means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), web site, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking, or more correctly, cracking, including iOS jailbreaking. The Pwnie Awards are awarded by a group of security researchers.

Popularity of the term among teenagers rose in the mid-2000s, with the spread from the Internet written form to use in spoken language.
pwned
PWNED = Owned

Slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The word originated from the chess term of Pawned, having appeared in old comic strips from the 1980s. When one pawns a player, one gets rid of him quickly; eg quick defeat. Owned is a slow defeat or a check-mating process, however it is a quick victory. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated.

In hacker jargon, it means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), web site, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking, or more correctly, cracking, including iOS jailbreaking. The Pwnie Awards are awarded by a group of security researchers.

Popularity of the term among teenagers rose in the mid-2000s, with the spread from the Internet written form to use in spoken language.
QRM
Man-made interference on a radio frequency, intentional or not.
QRN
Natural interference on a radio frequency. Lightning, solar noise (an issue with very week signals) are examples of natural interference.
QRP
QRP Low power amateur radio operation, usually 5 watts output or 10 watts input power.
QSL
QSL To acknowledge receipt. Commonly used to indicate “I understand”, “I copied your transmission (or report) all Okay”. Also used as a term for sending cards by mail to confirm a two way contact with a station. (A “QSL Card”)
QSO
QSO Two way conversation. (Ham radio.)
SA
SA = Semi-Automatic

A semi-automatic firearm is a rifle or handgun that fires a single round each time the trigger is pulled, uses gas, blowforward, blowback, or recoil to eject the spent cartridge after the round has traveled down the barrel, chambers a new cartridge from its magazine, and resets the action; enabling another round to be fired once the trigger is depressed again.
SBR
SBR = Short Barreled Rifle

Under the National Firearms Act - this category includes any firearm with a buttstock and either a rifled barrel under 16 inches long or an overall length under 26 inches. The overall length is measured with any folding or collapsing stocks in the extended position. The category also includes firearms which came from the factory with a buttstock that was later removed by a third party.
SBS
SBS = Short Barreled Shotgun

Under the National Firearms Act, this category is defined similarly to Short Barreled Rifles, but the barrel must be at least 18 inches instead of 16 inches, and the barrel must be a smoothbore. The minimum overall length limit remains 26 Inches.
SCADA
SCADA = Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition


A system operating with coded signals over communication channels so as to provide control of remote equipment (using typically one communication channel per remote station). The control system may be combined with a data acquisition system by adding the use of coded signals over communication channels to acquire information about the status of the remote equipment for display or for recording functions.
SHTF
SHTF = Shit Hit(s) The Fan

A term used generically by survivalists to describe disaster situations.
SITREP
SITREP = Situation Report
SM
SM = SurvivalMonkey Forums
www.survivalmonkey.com
The Survival Monkey
The Monkey
The Tree
SME
SME = Subject Matter Expert
SMOLES
SMOLES

Self defense, Medical emergencies, Observation, Lost & found, Extreme weather, & Survival.
SNAFU
SNAFU = Situation Normal, All Fouled Up
STANO
STANO = Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Night Observation
SWR
SWR = Standing Wave Ratio

A radio transmitter term related to tuning an antenna for best performance.
TC3
TC3 = Tactical Combat Casualty Care

First aid course for soldiers, taught by the US Army. Officially TCCC, it is often spoken. “T-Triple-C″.
TCCC
TCCC = Tactical Combat Casualty Care

First aid course for soldiers, taught by the US Army. Often spoken. “T-Triple-C″.
TEOCAWKI
TEOCAWKI = The End Of Civilization As We Know It
TEOTWAWKI
TEOTWAWKI = The End Of The World As We Know It

Acronym coined by Mike Medintz -
Pronounced [Tee-ought-walk-ee].
the X
the X

In the tactical realm, “The X” means the danger area, the line of attack, the place where the grenades are landing, the bullets are zipping through, and the bombs are going off. Small unit soldiers often say “get out of the X” or “Get off the x” The only place you want to be on the X involves a treasure map,otherwise you are in grave danger.
THSTF
TSHTF = The Shit Hit(s) the Fan

A term used generically by survivalists to describe disaster situations.
TIL
TIL = Today I Learned
TL;DR
TL;DR = too long; didn't read

A shorthand notation added by an editor indicating a passage appeared to be too long to invest the time to digest. Long used on the Internet, The tl;dr label is sometimes used constructively by an author to introduce a short summation of a longer piece. However, it is all too often invoked as a tactic to thwart collaborative editing, or, worse, a stoop to ridicule.
tldr
tldr = too long; didn't read

A shorthand notation added by an editor indicating a passage appeared to be too long to invest the time to digest. Long used on the Internet, The tl;dr label is sometimes used constructively by an author to introduce a short summation of a longer piece. However, it is all too often invoked as a tactic to thwart collaborative editing, or, worse, a stoop to ridicule.
TNC
TNC = Terminal Node Controller

An interface device used between a ham radio and a computer for Packet data transmission and reception
TPTB
TPTB = The Powers That Be

A phrase used to refer to those individuals or groups who collectively hold authority over a particular domain
Governments, both central and local, and the accompanying civil service
The shadow government being those that are above what we know, the global elite, and in some circles called the Illuminati
The upper management of a business
Those who control the dissemination of information
Controlling bodies in any organization or activity
UAV
UAV = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
VOX
VOX = Voice Operated (Switch) Or “Voice Operated Transmit”, a 2-way radio feature.
WTSHTF
WTSHTF = When The Shit Hits The Fan

A term used generically by survivalists to describe disaster situations
XO
XO = Executive Orders

United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law,since issuances are typically made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress, some of which specifically delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation), or are believed to take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution. However, these perceived justifications cited by Presidents when authoring Executive Orders have come under criticism for exceeding executive authority; at various times throughout U.S. history, challenges to the legal validity or justification for an order have resulted in legal proceedings.

In other countries, similar edicts may be known as decrees, or orders in council.
YMMV
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

It may work differently in your situation, or be different in your experience. To express a possible difference in taste, this is just my opinion, your opinion may be different
ZOMBIE
ZOMBIE

The brainless ones who feed on the labor of others, the savings of others, the preparations of others, or the freedom of others.
ZOMBIES
ZOMBIES

The brainless ones who feed on the labor of others, the savings of others, the preparations of others, or the freedom of others.
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
[mo-lone lah-veh]

(Greek) Come And Get Them - molṑn labé is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army's demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae. It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase.

Two little words. With these two words, two concepts were verbalized that have lived for nearly two and a half Millennia. They signify and characterize both the heart of the Warrior, and the indomitable spirit of mankind. From the ancient Greek, they are the reply of the Spartan General-King Leonidas to Xerxes, the Persian Emperor who came with 600,000 of the fiercest fighting troops in the world to conquer and invade little Greece, then the center and birthplace of civilization as we know it. When Xerxes offered to spare the lives of Leonidas, his 300 personal bodyguards and a handful of Thebans and others who volunteered to defend their country, if they would lay down their arms, Leonidas shouted these two words back.

They live on today as the most notable quote in military history. And so began the classic example of courage and valor in its dismissal of overwhelming superiority of numbers, wherein the heart and spirit of brave men overcame insuperable odds. Today, there lies a plaque dedicated to these heroes all at the site. It reads: “Go tell the Spartans, travelers passing by, that here, obedient to their laws we lie.” We have adopted this defiant utterance as a battle cry in our war against oppression because it says so clearly and simply towards those who would take our arms. It signifies our determination to not strike the first blow, but also to not stand mute and allow our loved ones, and all that we believe in and stand for, to be trampled by men who would deprive us of our God-given – or natural, if you will – rights to suit their own ends.
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