Acronyms

Poly Glossary

A - B - C

AFAIC
 
As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAIK
 
As Far As I Know
AFAIWC
 
As Far As I Was Concerned
AGDoA
 
A Great Deal of Affection
AFAIWC
 
As Far As I Was Concerned
AKA
 
Also Known As
ARG
 
Alternate Relationship Geometries
BBW
 
Big Beautiful Woman
BDSM
 
Bondage/Discipline/Sadomasochism
B&D does not necessarily imply S&M, nor does S&M imply B&D but there is enough overlap and common ground that the two groups are generally lumped together.
BTDT
 
Been There Done That
BTDTMT
 
Been There Done That Major Time
BTW
 
By The Way
BYKT
 
But You Knew That
BYKTA
 
But You Knew That Already

E - F - G

DADT
 
Don't Ask Don't Tell
DOMA
 
Defense of Marriage Act
D/s
 
Dominant/submissive relationship
Another facet of B&D/S&M type relationships. Some people only do emotional D/s without and B&D or S&M.
EG
 
Evil Grin
EPID
 
Every Person Is Different
FAQ
 
Frequently Asked Questions
A list of information people wish others knew, posed in the form of questions and answers.
FF
 
A dyad where both partners are female
FFF
 
A triad with three females, possibly a V centering on the middle female
FFM
 
A triad of a Female, another Female, and a Male, possibly a V centering on the middle female
FMF
 
A triad of a Female, a Male, and another Female, possibly a V centering on the middle male
FMM
 
A triad of a Female, a Male, and another Male, possibly a V centering on the middle male
FWIW
 
For What It's Worth
FYI
 
For Your Information
G/L/B/T or GLBT
 
Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender
GMTA
 
Great Minds Think Alike

H - I - J

HBB
 
Hot Bi-Babe
A term used in wannas by men looking for sex with two women at the same time. It is also used (affectionately) by some poly people who feel that they (or others they know) really are Hot Bi-Babes. This term can be used for either sex.
HNG
 
Horny Net Geek
IANAL
 
I Am Not A Lawyer
Often followed by "but" and some pseudo legal advice.
IIRC
 
If I Recall Correctly
IME
 
In My Experience
IMHO
 
In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO
 
In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO
 
In My Opinion
IYO
 
In Your Opinion
IRL
 
In Real Life

K - L - M

LDR
 
Long Distance Relationship
LMAO
 
Laughing My A** Off
LOL
 
Laughing out loud
LTNS
 
Long Time No See
MFF
 
A triad with a Male, Female, and another Female, possibly a V centering on the middle female
MFM
 
A triad with a Male, Female, and another Male. Possibly a V centering on the middle female
MMF
 
A triad with a Male, another Male. And a Female, possibly a V centering on the middle male
MMM
 
A triad with three males, possibly a V centering on the middle male
MOTAS
 
Member Of The Appropriate Sex
MOTOS
 
Member Of The Opposite Sex
MOTSS
 
Member of the Same Sex
MPW
 
My Poly Weekend
What happened good or bad over the weekend.

N - O - P

N
 
4 person relationship. Four people are having sex. Everyone may or may not have met each other or be friends but they know they exist. See Z
NRE
 
New Relationship Energy
That lovely euphoria you experience when you become involved with a new love; the world seems brighter, people seem more beautiful and chocolate tastes even better.
NTS
 
New Toy Syndrome (see NRE)
OMG
 
Oppressive Majority Group
OMG
 
Oh My God
OPW
 
Our Poly Weekend
ORE
 
Old Relationship Energy
The valuable stuff you get from years of digging together.
OSO
 
Other Significant Other
OTOH
 
On The Other Hand
PC
 
Politically Correct
PC
 
Personal Computer
PDA
 
Public Display of Affection
PDA
 
Personal Digital Assistant
PIV
 
Penis In Vagina
A certain type of sex.
PLL
 
Poly Locator List
PLL
 
Phase Locked Loop if you're a geek
PMR
 
Poly Mixed Relationship
One or more polyamorous, one or more monogamous.
PWP
 
Poly Wanna Potluck
A gathering of polyamorous people for food and conversation.

Q - R - S

RL
 
Real Life, i.e. not on the computer
ROFL
 
Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROTF
 
Rolling On The Floor
ROTFL
 
Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTFLMAO
 
Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off
ROTFLMAOSTC
 
Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off Scaring The Cats
SISL
 
Stranger In A Strange Land
A book by Robert Heinlein.
SO
 
Significant Other
SQO
 
Some Quantity Of
SSO
 
Secondary Significant Other

T - U - V

TOCOTOX
 
TOo COmplicated TO eXplain
TPE
 
Total Power Exchange
A BDSM acronym for a master/slave relationship that includes all of life, not just sex.
TTFN
 
Ta Ta For Now
WRT
 
With Regard To
V (Vee)
 
A relationship of three people where one person has two partners, but the partners do not have a strong bond. Two dyads having one person in common. The bonding between the people on the ends of the V can vary wildly depending on the people involved. Example, a triad may sexually be a V but emotionally an equal triad. Or a triad may be sexually and emotionally a V where the partners would split if the focus of their relationship left them.

W - X - Y - Z

YMMV
 
Your Mileage May Vary
WEG
 
Wide Evil Grin
Z
 
4 person relationship. Four people are having sex. Everyone may or may not have met each other or be friends but they know they exist. See N

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