Yep, I’m still on about the DRTL. I think I love acronyms. I also like lists. Here goes:

AFAIK =          as far as I know

AIUI =              as I understand it

BRB=               be right back

BTDT =           been there, done that

BTW =             by the way

F2F =               face to face

FTW =             for the win

FOAF =            friend of a friend

FWTW =         for what it’s worth

GAL =              get a life

GIGO =           garbage in, garbage out

HTH =             hope that helps

IANAL =          I am not a lawyer

IANAD =         I am not a doctor

ICYMI =          in case you missed it

IDC=               I don’t care

IDK=               I don’t know

IIRC =              if I recall correctly

IRL =               in real life

ISTM =            it seems to me

JK =                 just kidding

LOL =              laughing out loud

OMG =             oh my god (or gosh, if you don’t want to blaspheme. I do want to blaspheme.

I very much want to blaspheme, then giggle about it.)

OTOH =          on the other hand

OTT =             over the top

SMH=              shaking my head

STW =             search the Web  <—– I can be a real bitch in certain online discussions when ppl who know better ask dumbass questions anyway. Dear Dumbasses,  Contrary to what you may have heard, there are dumb questions. Lots of them. You are probably thinking of asking one right now. Don’t do it. Just shut up. Love, Chloe

TIL =               today I learned

TMI =              too much information

TTYL =            talk to you later

WYSIWYG =   what you see is what you get

YMMV =           your mileage may vary

YOLO=             you only live once

Favourite words and being creepy, part II

Juggernaut – a massive force that crushes everything in its path. Derived from the Hindi name Jagannath, one of the avatars of Vishnu, Lord of the World.

Prestidigitation – slight of hand. Cobbled together from the French word preste (nimble), the Italian word presto (quick), and the Latin digitus (finger). Nimble Quickfinger! Nimble Quickfinger would be a great name for an androgynous, sexually voracious pickpocket in a high fantasy setting. Nimble Quickfinger, the scourge of all the brothels in King’s Landing! (apologies to George R.R. Martin).

Dropsy – archaic term for edema, swelling due to water retention

Endentulous – without teeth, as in “Grandad’s endentulous now, he finds it harrowing to eat a normal meal. He has become skeletal and truculent as a result. Furthermore, he can no longer practice prestidigitation due to his dropsy. It’s as though his corporeal body conspires against him and thwarts his every attempt at happiness. If it weren’t  for his near-total amnesia, he’d be hell to live with; a real juggernaut.”

I only recently learned the word “endentulous”. I couldn’t sleep and was reading some City of Vancouver coroner’s reports on the Interweebs. (Yes, this is one of the many creepy things I do in the middle of the night; nevertheless, I am mostly harmless). The person who died was referred to as “endentulous”. Note to self: save enough money so that when I am old I can live in a care home with properly trained staff. What happened to this individual because he had no teeth and was being fed by caregivers who did not have the correct skills was awful. If you want to know, I will tell.