Survival Terms, Definitions, Acronyms, Slang and Jargon

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by melbo, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    It was recently pointed out that many of us talk in acronyms and terms that while quite familiar to us but might not be so apparent to someone new to the basics of survivalism. Many of these terms are borrowed from military speak.

    In an effort to aid folks to the language of survival, we've begun creating some definitions for certain terms. This is a work in progress and will be expanded as we receive suggestions for terms to include. We also have several others not listed below that correct misspellings or are variations on the term.

    Anytime the forum sees a word or acronym that has been defined, a definition box will pop up upon mouse hover. So far, we have (in no particular order) the following terms:

    Please note, the popup definition no longer works, as of earlier than 2/6/20.

    Survival Forum Specific

    AO, AoO---- area of operations
    BOB -- bug out bag
    BOL -- bug out location
    BOV -- bug out vehicle
    Unfortunatly, We had to drop SHTF as it was messing with the SHTF smilie [shtf]
    TEOTWAWKI The end of the world as we know it
    OPSEC -- Operational security
    SBR -- short barreled rifle
    FA full auto
    SA single action
    XO executive officer (second in command)
    EDC every day carry
    EOTW end of the world
    EMP electromagnetic pulse
    Golden Horde
    JHP jacketed hollow point
    FMJ full metal jacket
    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ, Molon Labe
    FRN federal reserve note
    TPTB the powers that be
    Au gold
    Ag silver
    MZB mutant zombie biker
    JBT JBTs jackbooted thugs
    jackboot, jackboots

    Non Survival specific- General Internet

    NSFW and variants
    pwn pwned

    Please feel free to suggest others here along with a definition.


    blue is edits, adding definitions to the acronyms
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  2. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    I tend to use TEOCAWKI instead of TEOTWAWKI.

    I doubt any of us would survive the end of the world...but civilization is a different story.

    Not sure if it is worthwhile to add...
  3. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    feel free to edit.

    MSM - mainstream media (e.g., ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC). Those news sources that are sensationalist and left-leaning or do not do what is normally considered "investigative journalism." In general, there is the feeling that they offer opinion or editorial instead of news. They have drank the Kool-Aid, are pro-Obama, anti-gun, and devoid of intellect. People who work there are libtards or libiots.

    EBT - welfare credit cards. These cards are the descendant of "food stamps," which were thought to stigmatize those on welfare.

    Jackboots - cruel, heavy-handed police who do not ascribe to the tenets of the Bill of Rights. These were the hall-monitors in grade-school. They take personal joy/satisfaction from the pain/suffering of civilians at their hands
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  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    NWS-L Not Work Safe (language)
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Sometimes NSW (Not Safe for Work, no reason given.)
  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    -L (language)
    -S (Sex)
    -G (Guns)
    -FR (Friggin' Retarded);)
  7. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    come quickly to mind
    and just a quick note, if possible to have the definition boxes stay open for perhaps 30 seconds more it would allow a slower read and thus, better comprehension

    alos, it may be prudent to include a list of the Alphabet Departments ( aka People Who Make Acronyms)
    ATF= Alcohol Tobacco Firearms
    CBRNE= Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear Explosive
    FBI= Federal Bereau of Investigations
    DHS= Department Homeland Security
    CBSA= Canada Border Services Agency
    RCMP=Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    DoJ= Department of Justice
    CSIS= Canadian Security Intelligence Services

    etc......and if I wasn't on a list before....that ought to be enough key words to get on one, maybe even to the front of the line
    but it's all educational
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  8. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    What browser are you using? In chrome and firefox, they stay open as long as I hover over them.
  9. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    The problem with terms like ATF are that they are contained within the tool tip definitions for other items (NFA, etc) and it throws the system in an infinite loop. I had to correct this with a few items already. They could be made to work if I spelled out ATF as Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the other definitions.

    Don't think that I've ignored any of the other suggestions above, just trying to figure out how to write a few of them in a more objective way.
  10. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    I think exlporer, Probably much diffferent at home, will check when I get home at 1700
  11. Halffast

    Halffast Wannabe Hack Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

  12. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Would you like the honor of defining it? ;)
  13. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    Well played sir, well played
  14. Halffast

    Halffast Wannabe Hack Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    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, Lights Out.
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  15. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    And done - with an additional credit added ;)
  16. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I am using chrome, and they stay open about ten seconds. (I am a fast reader though.;))
  17. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Safari likes them, just fine....
  18. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I'm actually using Chromium, but mine will stay open 5 minutes+ so long as I don't move my mouse off them -
    Chromium Version 22.0.1229.94 Debian wheezy/sid (161065)
  19. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I got no problem with 'em, I like 'em.:cool:
  20. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    JBT - Jack Booted Thugs
    F Troopers - Agents of the BATFE
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