I’m LOLing right now because my BFF just shot me an IM about this new hist rom BIMBAW she’s diggin’ on. He’s a total EMD, and that doesn’t even begin to touch on the fact that he’s wicked hawt UATW.
Oh. Did I lose you there? That most likely means two things. First, you’re new to hanging online and haven’t had anyone introduce you to the maddening collection of abbreviations and acronyms that pass for communication on social media forums. And second, I’m a pretty poor blog hostess. Because I’m assuming you’re all caught up on soc-med speak, and maybe even putting you off because I’m using some “insider” terms.
There’s no need to feel embarrassed, even though some folks act like they were sprung from the womb posting and tweeting – in the same way they’d have you believe they always knew marquess has a qweh sound in the middle, and that viscount rhymes with WHY Count?.
When I was dragged kicking/screaming into blogging by my Internet-guy husband back in ’06, folks were commenting at my posts, using statements like, “I’m ROTFLMAO!” or “That heroine is just TSTL!”
And I was, like, “Huh?”
Yet because generosity was a hallmark of interaction at romance blogs long before Web 2.0, I was fortunate that a member of my RomanceBuyTheBook.com community, author Monica Burns, felt my pain and shared with me a list of acronyms and abbreviations.
I had so much fun learning that ROTFLMAO meant “Rolling on the Floor, Laughing My Arse Off,” and that a heroine who keeps stepping into dangerous situations no matter how many blatant warning signals flash in front of her is “Too Stupid To Live,” that I started – and encouraged my RBTB community members -- to come up with new ones that relate to romance.
Hence, a BIMBAW became the ubiquitous hero who is a Big Man, Big in All Ways; the EMD, an English Major’s Dream (think historical heroes Mr. Darcy or Aragon); and our favorite form of love-scene consummation, UATW, or, um, well, Up Against the Wall, and its glorious, myriad variations like UATEscritoire, UATRefridgerator, etc. Another fave is the FITH or Fox In The Hen house, a male author or editor in the romance industry.
FWIW (for what it’s worth), back in the first paragraph, I was Laughing Out Loud at my Best Friend Forever’s Instant Message about a hawt hero (h = hero/hn = heroine). What are some of your favorite social-media speak abbreviations/acronyms? Which ones do you need help translating? Do you have some favorite romance-specific abbreviations to share?
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