Wat Does It Mean?

March 17th, 2010
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In dis day and age of long winded string of words, acronyms fit in just nicely for da fact of simplicity's sake..... or possibly laziness. Da acronym could be short, it could be long, da lettahs could actually seem like they have more syllables then da words itself but you'll still try and ramble da lettahs in a single breath "assuming" dat da person you're saying it to knows wat it means.

Unbeknownst to da youngin's, acronyms came BEFORE texting. In fact, you probably could attribute some of da success of texting to da world of acronyms wit da only difference is dat in texting, you practically make up your own "words" and of course, only limited to 160 characters per text.

Take for instance some of these commonly used text acronyms:

  • C U = (C)See (U)You
  • LOL = Lauging Out Loud
  • IYKWIM = If You Know Wat I Mean
  • TY = Thank You

Even at work get CHOKE acronyms and while it may sound funny in da beginning or to non-employees, it becomes one "language" you understand once you've worked there for awhile. My old work place, QLCC (Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center) is a very long name and EVERYBODY there just says QLCC..... but gotta say da whole words aftah cause those who no work there or nevah heard of it wondahs wat da heck QLCC means.

Take a look at our blogs: Wassap Wit Dat has been conveniently shortened to WWD!, MidLife Crisis (MLC) & Odds & Ends (O&E).

You know wat's really funny? Wen you stay talking to your friend and say something like,

BL:     "Eh, you know dat THA going be sold?"
FRIEND:     "Heh? Wat dat?"
BL:     "THA?"
FRIEND:     "Yeah, wat da heck is dat?"
BL:     "You don't know wat THA is?"
FRIEND:     "No, wat dat?"
BL:     "You fo' real dunno wat dat is?"
FRIEND:     "Uh.... no."
BL:     "The Honolulu Advertiser."
FRIEND:     "Why you nevah jus' say dat!!!"

No can win. If you say da whole word, da oddah buggah like use da acronym but if da oddah buggah like use da acronym you like say da whole word......

Wassap Wit Dat!

Try decipher da local acronyms we hea frequently....

  • HI
  • DLNR
  • EIS
  • AUW
  • DOE
  • AUW
  • BBBSH (was in yesterday's papah)
  • A&B
  • L&L (ok, I dunno if it's just lettahs or it means something but if you know, please share)

And how's dis! Da legislature is so "complex", they even gotta have one "cheat sheet" for help themselves "translate" wat da heck they talkin' about!

Legislature Acronym Definitions

 

No even get me started on all da college acronyms and on top of dat I'd say about 20% of 'em stay doubled up and depends wea you are on da continent or wat school you're more familiar with.....

  • UH..... Hawaii or Houston? Although Houston is more commonly known as U of H.
  • USC..... Southern Cal or South Carolina?
  • UM...... Michigan or Miami?

Although college names might be da exception to da norm cause get choke dat are da same, so then it evolved to get fancy kine cause they no like be da same - jus' like University of Kansas and University of Kentucky. You tink it's UK right?

A'ole!

University of Kansas is referred to as KU and University of Kentucky is UK!

Of course cause colleges are da exception, they are more commonly called by their "nicknames" or mascot like Gators (University of Florida) or 'Cuse (Syracuse University) or even by their acronym wit a twist like U Dub (University of Washington).

Do you use acronyms at work? Do you use acronyms in daily conversation.... kinda like verbal text? Got any acronyms you like us try figgah out? But at least gotta give hint eh! You tink acronyms are overrated?

TTYS!
(Talk To You Soon)

PPCIRAI
(Please Post Cause I Really Appreciate It)
*ok.... so I just made dat one up*    :wink:   :lol: 

Shoots!
k-den

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

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40 Responses to “Wat Does It Mean?”

  1. 9th Island Girl:

    first!


  2. 9th Island Girl:

    Or should I have said: F!

    My husband and I have certain phrases that we say almost daily, and eventually we just used acronyms. Someone saw the e-mail I sent him with all these acronyms and asked if it was either Native American or some kind of secret code. :)


  3. M:

    Howzit BL!

    We use CDL at work for Commercial Drivers License.


  4. James:

    TY. I didn't know what it meant: LOL


  5. matt:

    the worst college one is tOSU. the guys at Ohio St. think they're God's gift to the NCAA, so they distinguish themselves from Oklahoma State and Oregon St. by saying that they are THE OSU. tantaran, no?


  6. matt:

    In science settings (chemistry), IPA means isopropyl alcohol. it's a commonly used solvent, so you hear IPA used a lot. run into trouble, though, because a lot of the lower level lab workers are younger kids just out of college, and sometimes, can't tell if they're talking about the lab use or India Pale Ale.


  7. Scott:

    matt, I married a buckeye ( an alumnus, not a poisinous nut, though I understand humans and nuts can marry in Mass.) and even I think the "The Ohio State" is ridiculous.


  8. rayboyjr:

    :D :D :D :D :D Good Morning Everyone!!! :D :D :D :D :D

    ... hey BL ... hahaha!!! ... you too good too!!! ... you get your own acronym ...

    ... I remember working at Pearl Harbor and geez they use a $hi+Load of acronyms ... I could never get used to it ... good thing my career didn't stay in Federal Gov't ... I'd go alphabet crazy ... iykwim!!! ...

    ... at work I still do come across many acronyms ... but much easier than in the military ... mostly engineering type acronyms ... but hey, if it's a long term or phrase ... there's probably an ancronym for it ...

    ... I always wonder about those organizations, agencies or schools ... whose acronyms spell out something obscene or vulgar ... do they still use the acronym??? ... like Fordham University ... or Purdue University ... Pacific University ... or World Taekwondo Federation??? ... :D ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...


  9. Braddah Lance:

    9th Island Girl:
    first!

    And to da victor goes da spoils..... WWD! Quote of Da Day......

    A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
    Bill Cosby

    Or should I have said: F!

    No, dat's just too weird. :lol:

    My husband and I have certain phrases that we say almost daily, and eventually we just used acronyms. Someone saw the e-mail I sent him with all these acronyms and asked if it was either Native American or some kind of secret code.

    So you guys can talk stink in front of your keiki and not have them know yeah? :razz:
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    M:
    We use CDL at work for Commercial Drivers License.

    CDL sounds like some kine of medical term yeah?
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    James:
    TY. I didn't know what it meant: LOL

    See! You can learn something new at WWD!. E Komo Mai back James!

    So I guess I shouldn't confuse you wit LMAO and ROTFL. :lol:
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    matt:
    the worst college one is tOSU. the guys at Ohio St. think they're God's gift to the NCAA, so they distinguish themselves from Oklahoma State and Oregon St. by saying that they are THE OSU. tantaran, no?

    Not to say da chicken or da egg but I remembah waaaaay back wen (I'm talking quite a few years ago) University of Miami-Florida actually laid claim to da THE so and so. And now because had oddah "copycats", now they just say they're da "U".

    In science settings (chemistry), IPA means isopropyl alcohol... a lot of the lower level lab workers are younger kids just out of college, and sometimes, can't tell if they're talking about the lab use or India Pale Ale.

    And hea I thought you was talking about Internet Protocal Address. :razz:
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    Scott:
    matt, I married a buckeye

    We're not holding dat against you. :razz: :lol:

    ....though I understand humans and nuts can marry in Mass.

    And a few oddah states too!
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    rayboyjr:
    ... hey BL ... hahaha!!! ... you too good too!!! ... you get your own acronym ...

    :lol: LMAO :lol: Oh yeah! Although I didn't come up wit it. I know wen dis all started it seemed like a Kwonic didn't want to type out da extra keystrokes and all of a sudden...... "BL" stuck. Go figgah. :lol:

    but hey, if it's a long term or phrase ... there's probably an ancronym for it ...

    Dat's wat it seems like.

    I always wonder about those organizations, agencies or schools ... whose acronyms spell out something obscene or vulgar ... do they still use the acronym??? ... like Fordham University ... or Purdue University ... Pacific University ... or World Taekwondo Federation???

    Funny you mention dat cause there are quite a few (can't tink of 'em off da top of my head) dat have gone through dat all da way to creating web address' only to find out dat it was a "funky" name. Phone numbahs aren't immune to dat either.


  10. rayboyjr:

    9th Island Girl:

    Or should I have said: F!

    @9th Island Girl ... oh my!!! ... that F could mean just about anything ... :D ... but we know what you mean!!! ...

    ... funny that F is just about the only letter ... that you almost immediately think of something bad or vulgar ... if you see just the initials ...


  11. ManekiNekko:

    You forgot BTDT (Been There, Done That). A co-worker used TTFN to end his memo (Ta-Ta For Now).
    Here's a story about college acronyms: I was on a company sponsored tour to Japan. A girl in our group spotted a Japanese girl in a UCLA sweatshirt and says "Oh wow, they have a UCLA over here too!" Too funny!


  12. Daniel:

    I'm in pharmacy school right now, and all we learn are acronyms. CHF, SOB, PSE, PCN, TCN, BCOP, BP, ADR, QOL, ADL . . . the list goes on. And on. And on. Although SOB is still my favorite. :)


  13. KAN:

    @RBJ, #8: I have a friend who works in the telecom industry, where they use all kine acronyms. His acronym for the acronyms: "TLA" for "three-letter acronyms."


  14. KAN:

    I think my favorite acronym is SNAFU.

    Bananafysh has a t-shirt that says STFU.


  15. Buddahbelly:

    Aloha All!
    KAN, another one is: FUBAR
    In beer speak IPA is: India Pale Ale


  16. onecupcoffee:

    Once, a co-worker asked me what FYI meant. WWD!

    There is a supplier that send us mail. They use initials, of their name, on their return address section. IBS, to me, means Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They should type out their entire name.


  17. Michael:

    Coo Coo Coo.
    How you like my Pidgeon?

    I like this one IETSU.
    Whenever someone tries to put me down, I tell them IETSU.
    Don't waste my time.


  18. BananaFysh:

    I work in government, and it's like their sole purpose is to speak in acronyms. When I first started I would be totally lost during staff meetings because I didn't know what the acronyms stood for. :(

    "If they are in the SMA then they need to do an EA and an EIS to do a CIZ, CPA and DBA. Then they go to the MPC, BVA, CRC, MRA and LUC."

    WTF? :?


  19. BananaFysh:

    @KAN - That shirt gets a lot of attention from the geeks. ;)

    For some reason, they all want to talk to me about it. Can't they read?

    :razz:


  20. Michael:

    In a group it becomes WETSU.


  21. Ocean Lover:

    One time I had to review a reorganization proposal. The change included the renaming of a section to "Administrative Support Section" (ASS) They REALLY used that acronym!

    I wanted to tell them "Eh.....you folks STUPID or what?"

    OL............true story


  22. kikaida:

    SPP for those strip bar afficionados! LOL!


  23. M:

    I'm using SUP a lot. :)


  24. Braddah Lance:

    rayboyjr:
    ... funny that F is just about the only letter ... that you almost immediately think of something bad or vulgar ... if you see just the initials ...

    True dat.
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    ManekiNekko:
    You forgot BTDT (Been There, Done That). A co-worker used TTFN to end his memo (Ta-Ta For Now).

    I've nevah seen BTDT but have seen TTFN..... but then again nevah ending a memo. :grin:

    A girl in our group spotted a Japanese girl in a UCLA sweatshirt and says "Oh wow, they have a UCLA over here too!" Too funny!

    Was da girl in your group blond? :roll: :lol:
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    Daniel:
    I'm in pharmacy school right now, and all we learn are acronyms. CHF, SOB, PSE, PCN, TCN, BCOP, BP, ADR, QOL, ADL . . . the list goes on. And on. And on. Although SOB is still my favorite.

    And to tink, in your profession one missing or transposed lettah could mean serious consequences yeah! :shock:
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    KAN:
    His acronym for the acronyms: "TLA" for "three-letter acronyms."

    Oh boy..... :roll:

    I think my favorite acronym is SNAFU.

    Heh?

    Bananafysh has a t-shirt that says STFU.

    Heh x 2?
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    Buddahbelly:
    KAN, another one is: FUBAR

    Me like FUBAR..... it's German right? :wink: Wat movie dat from :?:

    In beer speak IPA is: India Pale Ale

    Those are good. :mrgreen:
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    onecupcoffee:
    Once, a co-worker asked me what FYI meant. WWD!

    You should have said "IDK". :lol:

    There is a supplier that send us mail. They use initials, of their name, on their return address section. IBS, to me, means Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They should type out their entire name.

    Or they really trying to say, "I BS". Get it?
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    Michael:
    Coo Coo Coo.
    How you like my Pidgeon?

    Needs work..... sounds like owl.

    I like this one IETSU.
    Whenever someone tries to put me down, I tell them IETSU.
    Don't waste my time.

    Sounds complicated. :wink:
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    BananaFysh:
    "If they are in the SMA then they need to do an EA and an EIS to do a CIZ, CPA and DBA. Then they go to the MPC, BVA, CRC, MRA and LUC."

    See! You could have used dat cheat sheet link above!
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    Michael:
    In a group it becomes WETSU.

    Plural version?
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    Ocean Lover:
    One time I had to review a reorganization proposal. The change included the renaming of a section to "Administrative Support Section" (ASS) They REALLY used that acronym!

    :lol:
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    kikaida:
    SPP for those strip bar afficionados! LOL!

    Stripper Pole Performer?
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    M:
    I'm using SUP a lot.

    Squating Urinary Procedure? :razz: Jus' teasin'. :lol:


  25. Coconut Willy:

    When dealing with clueless people and not offend the kids, I use "Dump Truck" and "Castle"


  26. EMM386:

    I think that everybody has acronyms that relate only to their field. I can't think of any for me off hand, but I'm sure if an outsider were to listed to my work conversations, they would be confused. It's just that it's second nature to me already.


  27. hanapaa:

    I no get irrass wen oddas stay talking wit plenny "initial" kine words. My brain jus zone out cuz mus bee dey no like me unnastand, right? Den you get dis:
    Dem odda buggahs: "Why aren't you paying attention?"
    hanapaa: "I'm sorry, were you addressing me? I thought you were discussing secretly amongst yourselves."


  28. Buddahbelly:

    BL,
    FUBAR: F....d up beyond all recognition.


  29. tita leerz:

    With summer just around the corner and yearbooks almost printed, I'm reminded of
    TCCIC
    KIT!


  30. NaPueo:

    For computer users don't forget
    PEBKAC and PICNIC
    :D


  31. BananaFysh:

    I know what movie that's from! ;)

    Saving Private Ryan

    BL - You dunno STFU? :?

    It DOESN'T MEAN "Shrink To Fit Underwear." ;)

    Try google um.

    Go, go try, go!


  32. hawaiiobsessed:

    blond.... so confused...... :>)


  33. Ynaku:

    Oh man I taking notes :D

    Ok what can I use in my emails today........ :lol:


  34. bamboohouse808:

    My fave is: TBSS - Too Bad, So Sad


  35. Rodney Lee:

    The computer language that I program in is RPG. IBM (hey, there's another one) came up with that name. It stands for Report Program Generator.
    Today's kids think it stands for Role Playing Game.
    Today's young adults thinks it stands for Rocket Propelled Grenades.

    Most computer languages are acronyms or shortened names.
    o COBOL = COmmon Business Oriented Language
    o FORTRAN = Formula Translation
    o PL/1 = Program Language 1
    o BASIC = Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
    o OCL = Operation Control Language

    Besides STFU, here's another one that geeks often use: RTFM :wink:


  36. Braddah Lance:

    Coconut Willy:
    When dealing with clueless people and not offend the kids, I use "Dump Truck" and "Castle"

    Heh :?:
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    EMM386:
    I think that everybody has acronyms that relate only to their field.

    But don't you tink dat's da funny part? Dat wen you talk to someone "outside" their field and use da acronyms dat are second nature to you, dat it doesn't seem to make any sense to anyone? :lol:
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    hanapaa:
    hanapaa: "I'm sorry, were you addressing me? I thought you were discussing secretly amongst yourselves."

    :lol: Do you say dat wit an "angry" face?
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    Buddahbelly:
    FUBAR: F....d up beyond all recognition.

    Mahalos!...... but I know wat it means - I used to use it all da time. :grin:
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    tita leerz:
    With summer just around the corner and yearbooks almost printed, I'm reminded of TCCIC KIT!

    Classic!
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    NaPueo:
    For computer users don't forget
    PEBKAC and PICNIC

    Sounds complicated.
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    BananaFysh:
    I know what movie that's from!
    Saving Private Ryan

    Rogah dat! :wink: Only you always "get" wat I'm saying. :lol: But you know wat? Dat's not da only one. There were a couple more aftah SPR (acronym) but there was one movie before dat, dat started it..............

    BL - You dunno STFU? Try google um.

    :lol: Uh, duh! :lol: And I say dat ALL da time.... well, da full words dat is. :lol:
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    hawaiiobsessed:
    blond.... so confused...... :>)

    :lol: You should have jammed her up and said had USC too! :lol:
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    Ynaku:
    Oh man I taking notes
    Ok what can I use in my emails today........

    Eh no stress eh. :razz:
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    bamboohouse808:
    My fave is: TBSS - Too Bad, So Sad

    Nevah seen dat one but at least now I now wat it means.
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    Rodney Lee:
    Today's kids think it stands for Role Playing Game.
    Today's young adults thinks it stands for Rocket Propelled Grenades.

    Das wat I came up wit...... I still young eh? :grin:

    Besides STFU, here's another one that geeks often use: RTFM

    :lol: Had to look dat one up too. :lol:


  37. BananaFysh:

    @BL - I think I know the "before" movie.

    Tango & Cash, right? ;)


  38. tita leerz:

    I've just learned that the world of shortcuts in texting have perverted the ilokano language of my ancestors.

    AYSOS (actually, it's aysus) is no longer the beginning of a prayer (see pidgin to the max). It is now an acronym for Are You Stupid Or Something?

    But, if I think about it a while, I realize that more than half the time I hear someone saying that, the sentiment is the basis for the outward expression. LOL


  39. Bre:

    We have too many in worker's compensation:

    WCAB - Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
    TD - temporary disability
    PD - permanent disability
    P&S - permanent and stationary
    IW - injured worker
    EE - applicant or employee
    ER - employer

    I could go on and on!!


  40. JindoMaster808:

    @Rod - Yeah RPG is the best one. In addition to your programming language list, I can add some pretty odd ball ones:

    Algol - Algorithmic Language
    Snobol - String Oriented Symbolic Language
    LISP - List Processing

    Best of all is APL - A Programming Language. (Maybe somebody got so tired thinking up new program names and got lazy?)