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Fifth Edition of the Lexicon of FreeRepublic * * A helpful FR dictionary for newcomers * *
April 26, 2002 | Risky Schemer, Bugbear, many others

Posted on 04/26/2002 3:52:17 PM PDT by Risky Schemer

Fifth Edition of The Lexicon of FreeRepublic, culled from the original thread and subsequent editions. Thanks to the many Freepers who contributed!

FreeRepublic Glossary

Alpha Freeper - Top tier Freeper who can post most anything and draw dozens of replies from other alpha Freepers.

Anti-Freeper - See Freeper Lore.

Arkancide = Mysterious death that somehow manages to happen to former friends of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Usually ruled a "suicide" by the "controlling legal authorities" that happen to be conducting the investigation. Usually the body is found with all the fixin's; suicide note (in two or more handwriting styles), unregistered handgun (sometimes in a different caliber than the one the "suicide" was accomplished using), and "air-tight" alibis passed around like free popcorn.

Arkansas Dirt Nap - a synonym of Arkancide.

Asbestos Underwear - what one is admonished to don when flaming (see "flame") is thought to be imminent.

ASH ALERT - See Freeper Lore.

Barf Alert = hold onto your lunch, you ain't gonna like this. Usually included in a thread title if the article which follows is nauseatingly biased or transparently manipulative.

BARF method The method that Al Gore tried to be come president By Arbitary Recount Fraud

Barbeque Pit A huge wild life reserve created from land stolen from farmers to grow lots of trees that will one day become a huge wild fire roasting the wild life it was meant to conserve. (eg: Darby Refuge)

Bed Wetting News -- News about something a canidate did over a decade ago that was not a felony. (i.e. Cheap dirt). This was coined when George W. Bush was peed on by the press for having a DUI 15 years ago.

Better put some ice on that - A quote attributed to Clinton by Juanita Broaddrick. It is reportedly what Clinton said to Broaddrick as he was donning sunglasses and leaving her hotel room after his [alleged] rape of her, advising her to start treating her bitten, swollen, bleeding lip. Another phrase that is often used sarcastically.

Black helicopter crowd -- These were once lumped in with contrail and tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists. The theory was that the government had special ops forces who were training in urban areas for urban military incursions using special unmarked black helicopters. Frequently little animated GIF pictures of black helicopters would be posted to denote a "wacko". Only in this case, with hard evidence and reports of actual training missions (such as the one in Texas some months back), the "wackos" turned out to be right. On this one anyway. ;)

Borked -- similar to "fostered." Proper name now used as a verb to indicate that what happened to the namesake is now happening again to another person. Just as "fostered" refers to "murder-made-to-appear-a-suicide," borked refers to a person whose reputation is trashed and whose lifetime work achievements and positions on issues are distorted in the public forum in order to deny that person (eminently qualified) a job or an appointment to a position. The term originated from the successful Democratic trashing of Judge Robert Bork during confirmation hearings when he was nominated to the Supreme Court.

Brigadiers - Pat Buchanan supporters. Coined from "Buchanan Brigade". See "Patsies".

Broken Glass Republican: n. A Republican who will "crawl across broken glass" to vote against Albert Gore, Jr. (or any Democrat, for that matter)

Bubba - William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.

Bubba the Love Sponge: Also applied to Clinton, this term probably was taken from a disc jockey who used it as his on-air name long before Clinton was a national figure. BEELZEBUBBA, KRINTONG, and CLINTIGULA, also are used as synonyms for TRIPOTUS. (See FR acronyms).

Bump is used when someone wants to post a reply to a thread simply to "bump" it back to the top of the "Latest Posts" list so more visitors will see it. BTTT - "Back To The Top" is used interchangeably with "Bump".

Bushbot -- A diehard, love 'im no matter what Bush supporter. Bushbots are known to rationalize that any liberal move by Bush must be interpreted as a part of a brilliant Master Plan (see "strategery") which will eventually culminate in the utter destruction of the liberal agenda and its viability as a political party philosophy.

Bushie -- A Bush supporter. Sometimes used in a derogatory or provocative fashion.

Carnivore - the FBI's e-mail snoop system. Lots of pattyfingers being played over how much and how often snooping is going on. See Echelon.

Chad - the little pieces of paper that pop out of a ballot when punched by a stylus when voting. Come in many fanciful varieties, including hanging, dangling, dimpled, and pregnant.

Chad Vote - A synthetic vote created by claiming something like "This chad has a small (almost invisable) mark on it, so the voter meant to vote for Gore"

Chuck Rob To puke, Chuck Rob was well known for doing some nasty things with women, another sicko democrat like Bill Clinton and Teddy K.

CDS Clinton Death Squad -- thugs on a clinton payroll to make sure no one talks. They may to be connected to the Dixie Mafia.

Clymer - When George W. Bush made a private remark to running mate Dick Cheney, referring to a New York Times reporter as an "@sshole", The remark was picked up by an open mike. Consequently, "Clymer" has become a synonym for the word, much as "Lewinsky" has become a synonym for a, well... Lewinsky.

Cobra Head Jame Carville aka serpent head, known for spinning nasty stories against conservatives. A real snake in the grass but married to Conservative leaning Mary Matalin (go Figure).

Contrails and Art Bell -- according to contrail theorists, those condensing water-vapor trails behind high altitude aircraft are actually chemical bombardment trails. Art Bell is a now-retired late night radio talk show host whose show focused on many such things as contrails, alien visitors, remote viewing, black helicopters, crop circles, and on and on.

CPI -- Conservative Political Index, A rating system where points are added or subtracted base on actions, events, and enviroment surrounding a polititician. For example a history of reducing taxes adds 50 points, being disliked by the liberal media gains 100 points, breaking a promise substracts 30, ect

Disruptor - a poster who has not come to FR to discuss policies and current events with fellow conservatives, but to "disrupt" the site with provocative, baiting and inflammatory posts. See "Ash", "Judith Hanley" and "Eschoir" in Freeper Lore.

Dixie Mafia -- A group of southern gangsters known for leaving behind lots of dead bodies.

Dubya -- 'W' pronounced in Texan. A reference to George W. Bush.

EAGLES UP!! A classic freeper battle cry--it has a certain connection with Trixie for helping to popularize it. Probably originating with the picture of an eagle that was on the front page of Freerepublic
Also may be inpired by the following Bible verse:

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. - Isaiah 40:28-31

Echelon: an NSA system designed to sniff out keywords in email traffic. Has prompted posters to on occasion deliberately insert such keywords into posts, just in case Echelon is listening. See "Carnivore", another surveillance system.

ESC - Enviromentally Safe Cave, Your Home after you have no electricy due to that Coal burning power plant is shut down to protect the ozone layer. Other provisions may include 6 foot weeds since mowing the lawn may kill an endangered rat.

Fire The Liar -- Freeper battle cry to impeach Clinton and remove him from office. It was a unhappy time on FR after his aquital.

flame or flame job: to attack a poster personally on a thread instead of mounting a reasoned critique of the post.

Flying Monkeys -- Refers to the femocratic minions of the talking heads in the liberal media. They are usually sent out to do the dirty work such as smear conservatives.

Forehead, The -- Paul Begala.

Fostered - the verb form of Vince Foster. See Arkancide. Usage example: "Jim MacDougal [may have been] fostered to prevent him from working with the OIC".

FReeper - A registered participant of The first two letters originally were capitalized to indicate FreeRepublic. It was Lucianne Goldberg (see "Trixie" in Freeper Lore) who coined the term.

FReep - a coined verb that usually means a FReeper or FReepers protesting someone or something in person. It is also used to describe a mass emailing or online participation - "FReep an internet poll"

FReepmail - FreeRepublic's internal mail system available to registered users

FR Goblin Little creatures that delay or eat your post/reply.

FOB - Friend of Bill, someone who gets special favors for doing Clintons dirty work, but sometimes end up dead (see CDS)

Gore Tax An extra tax placed on additional phone lines to fund internet use in schools.

Goron: n. follower/disciple of discredited political figure and one-time Presidential candidate Albert Gore, Jr. (Also Gorbot)

Hijacked to Freeper Island -- Used to describe a vanity or annoying thread turned into a humor thread. See the Freeper Lore section.

I feel your pain - A Clinton quote, used sarcastically.

In-coming -- Usually posted in Reply 2 When the article is sure to stir up tin hats, loonies, whackos and the poorly raised.

JimRob - Jim Robinson --'s esteemed founder and operator

The Kiss: n. Reference to the infamous "Kiss" between Albert and Tipper Gore after Al's Convention speach. Generally used derisively and in conjunction with a rant on the subject of the mental faculties of soccer moms. Somewhat related to the Clintons Dance on the Beach, a photo op apparently staged to present the image of marital bliss among the First Couple.

Kneepad Democrats -- The democrats that were waiting in line behind Monica Lewinski.

Koolaid -- as in "go ahead and drink the Koolaid". A reference to the Jim Jones cult which committed mass suicide by drinking poison-laced Koolaid. It means to go ahead and fully commit yourself to a position or group or political philosophy being foisted.

Lewinsky: n. An act of Fellatio. As in "To receive a Lewinsky".

Licking the Toilet Doing any dirty or nasty deed in exchange for campaign contributions. This phase gives way as to how disgusting and gross these acts are. (eg: selling out to China)

Lucianne - see "Trixie" in Freeper Lore.

McCainiac - John McCain supporter. Term coined during the primaries, when McCain supporters flooded

Moderator - Comes in at least two varieties: Admin Moderator and Sidebar Moderator. Moderators are Freepers who are appointed by owner/operator Jim Robinson to help maintain order on an expanding FR. They have authority to move and delete threads and replies, and to delete accounts. Moderators' Freeper identities are a closely kept secret.

Mothership: n. reference to Louis Farrakhan's early rantings about an alien Mothership eradicating white people and establishing Earth as the rightful kingdom of Blacks, or some such nonsense.

Newbies -- People who have just discovered FreeRepublic.

Nick - nickname, screen name, such as "Risky Schemer". Some FreeRepublic nicknames have received national mention due to their creativity and humor.

Opus -- The mother of vanity posts, an opus is a long rambling resignation from FreeRepublic, listing all the offenses and wounds (real or imagined) that have provoked the resignation, in the misguided idea that somehow the ones who "wronged" the resignee will be sought out and pilloried for causing the magnificent and dramatic wounds. Of course the poster of the opus hangs around in his or her death throes for days replying to the opus thread, provoking the usual "so GO already" responses. And most opus posters are thought to still be on FR posting under new nicks anyway. Most opuses are written in the following form -- "So-and-so called me a name and I've had it with Free Republic". This is where a FReeper, in a pique of rage, goes on a rant about how FR has changed since they first came onboard, and the flame wars are out of hand, yada, yada, yada. They must announce it to everybody that they are leaving, and aren't coming back. One FReeper, who is a bigtime pol in (deleted), does this every 6 months or so.

Patsy or Patsie - Pat Buchanan supporter.

Pee In Your Beer Tax or fee that is added to a utillity bill or license fee. It is usually hidden in some way. This expression is also used for money taken from your paycheck or during discussion of a new bill "Congress planning to pee in your beer" referring to a new proposed hidden tax (see Gore Tax).

Ping Putting a freeper's screen name in reply to so that they will see it in self search. Also page or bump.

Pity Pedler -- A democrat who uses pity to get his or her favor (raise taxes, renouce conservatives, keep someone from going to jail) For Example: "For the children", Talking about the homeless, Talking about the elderly, Parading the disabled (like Clinton did once) , etc.

Pull my finger -- When someone extends their finger in your direction and utters this phrase, when you pull their finger they will flatulate at the corresponding time. (Submitted by michigander, although Lazamataz claims to have invented this.)

Queeg: n. derogatory term occasionally applied to Senator John McCain. Reference to the Humphrey Bogart character from The Caine Mutiny. Used to imply paranoid tendencies on the part of the Senator.

Quidam - see freeper lore.

rant: an energetic diatribe on whatever subject piques the poster's fancy at the moment.

< rant > Text < /rant >: indicates that the text enclosed by the "rant" tags is a rant.

Rapist-In-Chief: n William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, in reference to allegations by Juanita Broaderick that Bill Clinton raped her while he was Attorney General of Arkansas. See "Better Put Some Ice On That". Also see POTUS in the acronym list.

Red Mascot Anagram for democrats as well as Mad Sector.

Rats -- Democrats. Term originated with a GOP (Grand Old Party; Republican) ad that lingered on the last four letters of "democrats" a little too long to suit some. A media frenzy ensued, with charges of subliminal advertising and such, and the controversy raged for 3 weeks. However, concurrent Democratic campaign ads that flagrantly LIE were ignored.

RINO - Republican In Name Only, A liberal or moderate Republican.

< sarcasm > TEXT < /sarcasm > : indicates that the text in between the fake HTML tags is intended as sarcasm. The tags serve as an aid to those who are not well attuned to sarcasm and who might otherwise needlessly flame the sarcastic poster.

SAS Second Admendment Sisters, also SASsy - a member of this group.

Serpent head -- James Carville.

SHEEPLE -- This is a term used to describe the "Mercun Peepul" (as the democrats referred to the supposed love of Clintoon), especially those who voted for and continued to give Clintoon a 60%+ approval rating during his impeachment for lying under oath. They're American people, but led like dumb sheep by big media and the democrats.

Snowe Job -- After Olympia Snowe, being burned by a liberal republican. Olympia Snowe was one of the traitors who vote against indicting Bill Clinton for Perjury.

Soccer moms -- a demographic group which came to prominence when it was revealed they were the source of much of Bill Clinton's voter support. The term derives from suburban moms who carry SUV loads of kids to soccer practice.

"Special sauce" or "secret sauce" -- a special "magical ingredient" a pollster may be adding to raw poll data to influence or control the findings or outcome of the poll during the "cooking" process. Like "cooking the books".

SPI -- Socialist Political Index, A rating system where points are added or subtracted base on actions, events, and enviroment surrounding a polititician. For example being praised by the liberal media gains 100 points, Toilet Licking adds 200, voting against a tax bill subtracts 50, ect.

Strategery: Strategy. Originally a mispronunciation by Dubya. Other similar terms include "misunderestimated" and "hopefuller."

Stump: n. Derogatory term applied to Albert Gore, Jr., in relation to his oft-mentioned "wooden" demeanor.

Thread - the posted article with all it's appended comments (replies).

Tin-foil hats -- The phrase [I believe] originated with suspicious people who felt - or imagined - they were being bombarded by mind-control or thought-implanting radiation of some sort (not sure by whom, whether the government or extra-terrestrials -- maybe both), and claimed that they gained relief by fashioning a simple helmet from aluminum foil and wearing it.

Toesucker - Former (and some people think, current) Clinton advisor Dick Morris. The name originated when it was revealed that Morris had a prostitute performing this act on him while he was on the phone discussing policy and strategy with Bill Clinton.

Trixie -- Nickname of Lucianne Goldberg. See Freeper Lore.

Trouting -- Lurking on the "new threads" page in order to jump on newly posted threads early so that your replies always appear near the top. "Trouting" is a reference to fish behavior of loitering below the spillway of a dam or waterfall in order to be first to grab choice morsels.

Vanity posts -- like all medication, should be taken in moderation. Some vanities are useless, while others are to be treasured. One or two-line vanities which consist of comments or observations which could easily have been added to an existing thread are strongly discouraged. Especially onerous is posting such a vanity as "breaking news". Some vanity posts are more tolerated than others (see alpha Freeper, above). ;o) See the FreeRepublic posting guidelines and admonitions regarding vanity posts.

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" -- seems to pop up whenever Dan Rather is a topic of discussion. OKSooner provided the explanation:
"Once upon a time some guys caught ol' Dan in a back alley and beat the crap out of him. The only thing they said was 'What's the frequency Kenneth?'"
"Pummeled about the face and head," is the description that pops into my memory. It was a bizarre, unexplained assault, don't even know if there were any witnesses. But it's something that seems to dovetail right into the other stories about Rather -- like his going on several minutes late in a reported fit of temper, his unabashed admiration of Fidel Castro, his gag-me-with-a-spoon fawning interview of the Clintons, his jaw-dropping, hilarious-because-it-is-so-over-the-top bias, or his struggle to find a pithy signoff of the caliber of Walter Cronkite's "And that's the way it is." All he came up with (and used for a while) was, "Courage."
[Incidentally, R.E.M. had a song titled after the (infamous) "frequency" incident.]

Willard: n. 1. William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. 2. William Jefferson Blythe Clinton's penis. From the name given to the anthropomorphized talking representation of Bill Clinton's penis in the Joe Eszterhas book American Raphsody.

WOD -- War On Drugs.

WOT -- War On Terror.

Freeper Lore

Newcomers may encounter these references from time to time on FR:

A+Bert - notorious and colorful FReeper. Currently banned, evidently for making threats.

Anti-Freepers are an unorganized group of people, who, for one reason or another despise Free Republic, or FR founder Jim Robinson, and/or cannot tolerate the existence of a forum where conservatives gather to discuss news, policies, media bias and events. Some anti-freeper behavior borders on obsessive (some even stalk, or border on it). At least a couple have established anti-FR sites, and at least one operator of an anti-freeper site is actually a former freeper who got banned. See Ash, Eschoir.

Ash - a former liberal disruptor (see glossary) on FreeRepublic who posted under the screen name Ash or several variations thereof. He was at times witty, and his provocations occasioned some spirited and persuasive conservative apologetics on FR. Former regular freeper Don Morgan would post "Ash Alerts" on any thread Ash was suspected to be repying to. Find a discussion of Ash Alerts here.

BatJack - Jack Thompson. Florida attorney and former FReeper known for anti-Janet Reno crusades, and for threatening lawsuits against other FReepers. JT was accused of trying to hijack FR and turn it into "," a term coined by FReeper Registered (see below). The name "BatJack" apparently resulted from information that Thompson made public appearances in a Batman costume. Thompson was banned once, reinvited and left again. Last Thompson opus thread.

DITHF - is usually used now as an admonition to be suspicious or not so impressed or gullible regarding someone's claims. It is a reference to a FReeper using the screen name "Deep In The Hurtgen Forest". DITHF presented himself as a serviceman stationed in Germany, and posted many in-the-know "letters to home" type writings that were quite convincing. Eventually, though, due to some observant FReepers, some inconsistencies were noticed and revealed and DITHF was exposed (and, as I recall, confessed) as fake.

Chapter -- FreeRepublic has several chapters including a few overseas. In the spring of 1998, a post for organizing a convention was started. The convention was to be held ib California. Since this was too far for many freepers, a convention began to be organized on the east coast. Bugbear began to organize a convention in the midwest. Bugbear later etablished the new organization as the first Chapter of FreeRepublic. We now have chapters all over the the US as well as Chapters in Japan, Australia, Singapore and Britain.

Eschoir - (see anti-freeper) is an attorney in the DC area who has been a liberal disruptor (see glossary) on FR for several years. His original screen name, Eschoir, has long been banned so he creates a new one every time he shows up. He routinely posts an inflammatory article hangs around for a while and then is banned. He operates several anti-FR message boards on Yahoo.

Legendary FreeRepublic Flame Wars, to my experience and IMHO, have a common denominator: A FReeper who tries to hijack as his personal venue of leadership or fame, or is dead set on insinuating his or her view on all others and "destroying" or excluding infidels. Seems such a thing never fails to bring a withering assault of flaming posts as all guns are brought to bear, to the consternation of whatever followers said FReeper may have managed to gather to him or herself. I'll name no names, but there have been a couple of Flame Wars that were doozies. At times it was hard to keep up with all the opuses. =)

Freeper Island -- a thread that grew from a Freeper's announcement on another thread that if things continued, he would move to an island. Much of the original thread has been preserved HERE. The term "Hijacked to Freeper Island" refers to any thread that veers from its original subject into "anarchistic mirth" (for lack of a better term) around a completely different subject.

March For Justice -- A Washington DC rally organized by Freepers to express support and encouragement for Congress during impeachment proceedings. Speakers included Alan Keyes, Larry Klayman, Gary Aldrich and many others. Sometimes referred to simply as the MFJ.

quidam -- like DITHF, "quidam" is a FReeper screen name. Quidam was noted for his unique posting style -- one or two short, cryptic sentences, maybe a sentence fragment, and his posts were always signed twice. That is, not only did it appear automatically as it does on all replies, he also typed in his screen name to close each of his posts. Because of the nature of his posts and writing style, one could infer he was a knowledgeable, high-placed, anonymous Beltway insider. He spoke of such things as the dark and mysterious "men in suits" who would ultimately render a decision to Bill Clinton and remove him from office. Although ulimately discredited as an insider, his posts were among the most entertaining and memorable from the pre-impeachment era. He was a popular contributor and among the most well-known FReepers at the time. Unlike DITHF, Quidam occasionally still posts to FR, and he (or she?) is usually greeted with a wave of nostalgia. =) Quidam has been accused of being none other than Matt Drudge (just a rumor).

Registered -- FReeper and Photoshop wiz put the finishing, polishing touches on the "Sore Loserman" graphic (see below). Registered has produced many hilarious and notable graphics for FR, many of which are also posted on other sites.

Sore Loserman -- A mock up of the Gore Lieberman 2000 sign was made by Michigan freepers that said "Sore Loserman". A small tear drop hang off the end of the lettering. Freeper protestestors waved these signs in key spots during the recount of votes and the court trials, which were to decide the fate of the country as to who would be president. During Thanksgiving week of 2000, the sign was shown repeatedly in the press on the air and in print. The sign was apparently designed by CPL BAUM, Registered, Spiff, and Mass Exodus.

The "Test: Do Not Reply" or "Please ignore, this is just a test post" vanity, was a thread posted by a freeper which grew spontaneously as many posted their intentions to dutifully obey and ignore the thread. It became a monstrous runaway with 300+ responses covering everything from ancient Assyria to Monty Python. As long as it was available, it occasionally was bumped again, so apparently, it had to be dumped.

Trixie -- Nickname of Lucianne Goldberg, once a frequent and well-liked contributor to FreeRepublic. Goldberg came to Conservative fame due to her association and involvement with Linda Tripp.
(Time Magazine's early take on Goldberg's rise to conservative prominence.)
At some point there were those who thought FR should be only and exclusively Republican.
There were also those (including Jim Robinson himself) who thought the forum should stand for and work toward a return to true Constitutional standards of government no matter which party or candidate.
A heated philosophical struggle began, resulting in The Great Lucianne Exodus and the establishment of Jim Robinson wished them all good luck in their endeavors and to this day still posts banner links to what is variously referred to as and I Love Lucy. Trixie, incidentally, is credited with coining the term "FReeper".

Common Emoticons (Smileys), Acronyms & Abbreviations

These mainly originated in IRC (Internet Relay Chat), but many routinely turn up on FreeRepublic and other forums and message boards. This list contains many more than are used on FR, but are being left in the list just in case one or more turn up. If you're completely unfamilar with Smileys, remember they are meant to represent facial expressions and are read sideways.

^5 - High Five
addy - address (as in eMail)
ADN - Any Day Now
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AFK - Away From Keyboard
AKA - Also Known As (also a/k/a)
ARE - Acronym-Rich Environment
ATM - According To Me
ATTN - Attention
BAK - Back At the Keyboard
BBIAB - Be Back In A Bit
BBL - Be Back Later
BBS - Be Back Soon
<BEG> - Big Evil Grin
BFD - Big F***ing Deal
BFN - Bye For Now (also B4N)
<BG> - big grin
BIF - Basis In Fact
BION - Believe It Or Not
BIOYIOP - Blow It Out Your I/O Port
BL - Belly Laughing
BRB - Be Right Back
BTA - But Then Again...
BTSOOM - Beats The Sh*t Out Of Me
BTW - By The Way
CU - see you
CUA - Commonly Used Acronym(s) or Common User Access
CUL - see you Later (also CUL8ER)
CWYL - Chat With Ya Later
CYA - see Ya
CYO - see You Online
DBA - Doing Business As (also d/b/a)
DINK - Double Income No Kids
DFLA - Disenhanced Four-Letter Acronym (that is, a TLA)
DIKU - Do I Know You?
DITYID - Did I Tell You I'm Distressed?
DTRT - Do The Right Thing
<eg> - Evil Grin
EMFBI - Excuse Me For Butting In
EOM - End Of Message (no comments)
EOT - End Of Thread (end of discussion)
ETLA - Enhanced Three-Letter Acronym (that is, an FLA)
F2F - Face to Face
FAQ - (list of) Frequently Asked Question(s)
FISH - First In, Still Here
FLA - Four-Letter Acronym
FOMCL - Falling Off My Chair Laughing
FUBAR - F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition
FUD - (spreading) Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt
FWIW - For What It's Worth
FYA - For Your Amusement
FYEO - For Your Eyes Only
FYI - For Your Information
<g> - grin (<G> - big grin)
GA - Go Ahead
GAL - Get A Life!
GIGO - Garbage In, Garbage Out
GIWIST - Gee, I Wish I'd Said That!
GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike
GOL - Giggling Out Loud
GR&D - Grinning, Running & Ducking
GTRM - Going To Read Mail
HHOK - Ha Ha, Only Kidding
HHOS - Ha Ha, Only Serious
HNG - Horny Net Geek
HTD - Have To Disagree...
HTH - Hope This Helps
HTHBE - Hope This Has Been Enlightening
IAC - In Any Case
IAE - In Any Event
IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer, but... (also IANAxxx, such as IANACPA)
IC - I see
ICAM - I Couldn't Agree More
ICOWHMGOWYHH - I Can Only Wonder How Many Glasses Of Wine You Have Had
ID - I Disagree
IHA - I Hate Acronyms
IIRC - If I Remember Correctly
ILY - I Love You (also ILU)
IMAO - In My Arrogant Opinion
IMCO - In My Considered Opinion
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO - In My Not-So-Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
INC - Illegitimi Non Carborundum (Latin: don't let the b*stards wear you down)
IOW - In Other Words
IPN - I'm Posting Naked
IRL - In Real Life (that is, when not chatting)
IRT - In Real Time
ITA - I Totally Agree!
ITRW - In The Real World
JAT - Just A Thought
JFU - Just For You
JIC - Just In Case
JK - Just Kidding (also j/k)
JMHO - Just My Humble Opinion
JMO - Just My Opinion
KWIM? - Know What I Mean?
L8R - Later (also L8TR)
LBAY - Laughing Back At You
LD - Later, Dude
LDR - Long-Distance Relationship
LLTA - Lots and Lots of Thunderous Applause
LMAO - Lauging My Ass Off
LOL - Laughing Out Loud or Lots Of Luck
LOLBAY - Laughing Out Loud Back At You
LTM - Laugh To Myself
LTNS - Long Time, No See
M/F? - Male or Female? (also MorF)
MEGO - My Eyes Glazed Over (booorrring)
MHOTY - My Hat's Off To You
MINK - Multiple Income, No Kids (NIMK?)
mm - merrily met (greeting)
MMHA2U - My Most Humble Apologies to you
MOOS - Member Of the Opposite Sex (also MOTOS)
MOSS - Member Of the Same Sex (also MOTSS)
MOTD - Message Of The Day
mp - merrily parted (farewell)
MUD - Multi-User Dungeon (or Dimension)
NBIF - No Basis In Fact
NBIR - No Basis In Reality (where am I; is this Kansas?)
NFW - No F*cking Way
NP - No Problem
NRN - No Reply Necessary
NS - 'Nuff Said
OIC - Oh, I see
OLL - On-Line Love
OMG - Oh My God!
OOTB - Out Of The Box (brand new, ready to roll)
OPM - Other People's Money
OSIM - Oh Shit, It's Monday
OTF - On The Floor
OTOH - On The Other Hand
OTOOH - On The Other, Other Hand
OTP - On The Phone
OTTH - On The Third Hand
OTTOMH - Off The Top Of My Head
::POOF:: - goodbye (leaving the chatroom)
PANS - Pretty Awesome New Stuff (as opposed to POTS)
PC - Politically Correct (or Personal Computer)
PCMCIA - People Can't Master Computer Industry Acronyms (Personal Computer Memory Card Int'l. Ass'n.)
PDA - Public Display of Affection
PDQ - Pretty Darn Quick
PEBCAK - Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
PI or PIC - Politically Incorrect
PITA - Pain In The A**
PMFJI - Pardon Me For Jumping In (but eventually, you'll thank me)
PMJI - Pardon My Jumping In
POTS - Plain Old Telephone Service (or Pretty Old Tired Stuff)
POV - Point Of View
PPL - Peed Pants Laughing or People
PU - that stinks!
PUTS - Playing Under The Sofa
r - are
re - regarding or hello again
RL - Real Life (that is, when not chatting)
ROAR! - laughing as loud as a lion
ROFL - Rolling On Floor, Laughing (also ROF,L)
ROTFLMAOWPIMP - Rolling On The Floor, Laughing My A** Off, While Peeing In My Pants
ROTFLMBHO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Bloody Head Off
ROTFLMBO - Rolling On The Floor, Laughing My Butt Off
RP - Romantic Partner
RPG - Role-Playing Games
RSN - Real Soon Now (often ironic)
RTFM - Read The F*cking Manual (or Message)
RW - Real World (outside cyberspace)
RYO - Roll Your Own (write your own program)
<seg> - Sh*t-Eating Grin
SHOUTING - Not an acronym; it's bad netiquette to leave Caps Lock on. SHOUTING IS HARD TO READ.
SINK - Single Income, No Kids
SITD - Still In The Dark
sm - smiley
SNAFU - Situation Normal, All F*cked Up
SO - Significant Other
SOL - Smiling Out Loud or Sadly, Outta Luck (really, there's another version?!)
SOMY - Sick Of Me Yet?
STD - Sick To Death (a term of disdain, rather than an update on the author's well-being)
STS - Sorry To Say
TAF - That's All, Folks!
TAFN - That's All For Now
TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TAT - Tête-A-Tête
TCN - Take Care Now
TFH - Thread From Hell (a discussion that just won't die)
TFI - The Fact Is ...
TFM - Thanks From Me
TFMT - Thanks From Me, Too!
TGIF - Thank God It's Friday
THX - Thanks
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TIC - Tongue In Cheek
TIG - This Is Great!
TIIC - The Idiots In Charge
TLA - Three-Letter Acronym (such as this)
TPTB - The Powers That Be
TTFN - Ta Ta For Now
TTYL - Talk To You Later (or TLK2UL8R or TYL)
TXS - Thanks! (sincere and heartfelt - really!)
TYSM - Thank You So Much
TYVM - Thank You Very Much
u - you
UAPITA - You're A Pain In The A**
unPC - Politically Incorrect
<VBG> - very big grin
<VBSEG> - Very Big Sh*t-Eating Grin
VWP - Very Well Put
W4W - Word for Word
WAGS - What A Great Story!
WAI - What An Inspiration!
WB - Welcome Back
WDALYIC - Who Died And Left You In Charge?
WFM - Works For Me
WIBNI - Wouldn't It Be Nice If...
WP - Well Put
WT? - What/Who The...?
WTFO - What The F*ck? - Over!
WTG - Way To Go
WTGP? - Want To Go Private?
WTS - With That Said
WU? - What's Up?
WUF? - Where are you From?
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
XOXO - kisses and hugs
XX - kisses
Y2K - Year 2000 calendar concerns
YAAG - You Are A Genius
YABR - You Are Being Replaced
YGBSM - You've Gotta Be Sh*ttin' Me!
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
YRR - You 'R' Right (I give...)
YVMW - You're Very Much Welcome

Common Emoticons (Smileys):                               Japanese emoticons
:-) happy - used to indicate a joking statement, since we can't hear voice inflection
:) happy - miniature
:-)) really happy
:-( unhappy - user didn't like that last statement, or is depressed about something
:-/ skeptical, or perplexed
:-\ sad, or Popeye
:-D laughing
:-| disgusted, or grim, or "have an ordinary day" smiley
:-I apathetic
:-1 bland
:-o surprised
:-O awed
:-S incoherent
:-X lips are sealed
:-9 licking lips
:-< forlorn
:-> sarcastic
:-& tongue-tied
:'-( crying
:'-) so happy, I'm crying
:-e disappointed
:-c bummed
:-C really bummed
:-t cross
:-@ screaming
:-7 wry
:-* ate something sour, or kiss
:^) broken nose
:v) broken nose, other side
:_) nose is sliding off face
:=) two noses
:<) from an Ivy League school
:-# wearing braces
:-{} recent collagen shots
:-{) mustache
:-()= drooling
:-)~ happily drooling
:-~) or :-'| suffering from a cold
:-Q smoker
:-? pipe smoker
:-` spitting chewing tobacco
:*) drunk
:-P nyahhhh!
:-} leering, or embarrassed smile
:-, smirking
;-) winking - sort of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smiley
;^) tongue-in-cheek
;-P nudge, nudge, wink, wink
(-) laughing
(:+( scared
(-: left-handed
%*} very drunk
%-) confused
%-} amused
%-{ unamused
8-> very happy
{:-) toupee
}:-( toupee in updraft
}:-} big grin
>:-( or >:-< or :-|| mad
>:-> devilish
>;-> lewd
<:-I dunce
<:-/ feeling stoopid
~:-( very mad
=) shocked
=:O hair standing on end
=8O bug-eyed with fright
*:-o alarmed
I-) sniggering
|:-| very rigid
|-O yawning
|-I asleep
|^o snoring
***:-( blowing off steam
[:-| sighted Frankensein
<<:-) sighted the Pope
~:-\ sighted Elvis
8-) wearing sunglasses
B:-) sunglasses on head
::-) wearing normal glasses (4-eyed)
B-) wearing horn-rimmed glasses
8:-) little girl
:-)-8 Big girl
:-[ vampire, or pouting
:-E bucktoothed vampire
:-F bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing
=:-) hosehead
-:-) punk rocker/mohawk
-:-( real punk rockers don't smile
+-:-) religious officer, like Pope
`:-) shaved off one eyebrow
,:-) shaved off other eyebrow
O-) or (:)-) scuba diver
O :-) angel
<|-) Chinese
<|-( Chinese, taking offense at joke
@= pro-nuclear war
:-o uh-oh...
(8-o it's Mr. Bill...
*:o) and Bozo the Clown!
C|:-= Charlie Chaplin
=|:-)= Abe Lincoln
%-^ Picasso painting
3:] pet
3:[ mean pet
d8= pet beaver, wearing goggles and hard hat
8:] gorilla smile
(:V) duck
:-)8 well-dressed
#-) partied all night
X-( just died
%-6 brain-dead
[:-|] or [:] robotic
(:I egghead
E-:-) ham radio operator
C=:-) chef
[:-) wearing Walkman
*<:-) wearing Santa Claus hat
@:-) wearing turban
K:P little kid w/propeller beanie
:-Ø No Yelling!
:-: mutant; the invisible smiley
.-) one-eyed
,-) winking one-eyed
8 :-) wizard
-=* :-) TeX wizard
:] Gleep...a friendly midget smiley who will gladly be your friend
=) variation on a theme...
:{ tiny bit sad
[] hugs and ...
:* kisses
|-) hee hee
|-D ho ho
~~:-( Net.flame (Usenet)
O |-) Net.religion
8 :-I Net.unix-wizards
X-( Net.suicide
E-:-I Net.ham-radio
C=}>;*{)) drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an updraft, a mustache, and a double chin
}:^#})) updrafted bushy-mustached pointy-nosed smiley with a double chin
{:(-8-< Anna Nicole Smith, after latest augmentation, falling right over

Common-to-FreeRepublic Acronyms & Abbreviations

Note: If you don't see the acronym you're looking for here, the more complete list of common IRC (Internate Relay Chat) acronyms is listed above.

BLOAT: Buy lots of ammo today.


BTTT - "Back To The Top" is used interchangeably with "Bump".

CFR = Council on Foreign Relations


DINO-- those of us who are reformed Democrats but for various reasons have never gotten around to changing our voter registration.

DILLIGAF (Does It Look Like I Give A ****?)

DITHF -- See Freeper Lore

FJB: Acronym for the phrase F***ing Jew Bast***, anti-Semetic epithet allegedly employed by Hillary Rodham Clinton


FMCDH -- From My Cold Dead Hands -- the closing words of Charlton Heston in his speech to the NRA in defense of his 2nd Amendment rights to own fire arms -- spoken as he held a rifle over his head.

FOB - Friend Of Bill. Related: DFOB - Dead Friend Of Bill. One that was an FOB but was Fostered and is now taking an Arkansaw Dirt Nap. Still considered an Arkancide, even if it happens aboard a crashed plane in the Balkans. Related terms - Fahmy Malak, Dixie Mafia, Mena, Inslaw, Waco, and JFK. jr.

FR --

FSC - Florida Supreme Court

GOA - Gun Owners of America

GOTV If freepers aren't working to this end, they should turn off their computers. Get Out the Vote!!

HCI: Handgun Control, Inc. (Not the good guys.)

HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language. The "code" used when posting on FreeRepublic to insert formatting, such as paragraphs, bold or italic type, etc. Enroll in HTML Bootcamp to learn more.

JBT: Jack-Booted Thug (an oldie but a goodie)

JPFO: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

LEO: Law Enforcement Officer

MFJ - March For Justice, a rally organized by Freepers during impeachment proceedings. See Freeper Lore.

NGO: Non-Governmental Organization (A popular acronym on U.N. threads)

NRA - National Rifle Association (of course)

NSA - National Security Agency. While the CIA is engaged in international intelligence gathering, the secretive NSA is thought to engage in domestic spying on US citizens. See "Echelon" in the glossary of terms.

NWO - New World Order. A phrase that originated with George Bush the elder. It is generally not regarded as a good thing, because it is considered to smack of world government and subjugation of American interests and independence. In NWO discussions you will often find co-references to the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers and others, all shadow organizations said to be secretly working to implement one world government -- and a socialist/communist one to boot. On such threads you will also find references to:

OIC -- Office of the Independent Counsel. (The office which Ken Starr held during the Whitewater investigation.)

POTUS=President of the United States. TRIPOTUS - Treasonous, Rapist, Impeached President Of The United States. DIRTPOTUS - Disbarred, Impeached, Rapist, Treasonous, President Of The United States. DISTRIMPOTUS=The (soon to be) disbarred Raping Impeached POTUS. FLOTUS=First Lady.

PTB -- Powers That Be.

RTFAB4UP - Read The F*cking Article Before You Post

ROTFLMCO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Clymer Off (See Clymer in the glossary)

RINO - Republican In Name Only -- a politician who claims to be a Republican but who votes like a Democrat on issues -- examples are the Republican Senators who voted against conviction of one William Jefferson Clinton after he was impeached by the House.

RKBA - The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

SAF: Second Amendment Foundation website.

SAS-AIM or SAS: Second Amendment Sisters - Armed Informed Mothers

SCOTUS=Supreme Court of the United States. Also USSC.

SKG - Not as insidious as, say, the NWO or CFR, but reviled nonetheless. It is Speilberg/Katzenberg/Geffen -- Hollywood movie production company and diehard Clinton supporter. Among fundraising and other assistance and support freely provided by this company and its primaries -- note the unabashedly propagandist movie recently released (and what a magnificent bomb it was) - "The Contender".

SUV= In the view of the far left, the greatest known threat to humankind - after tobacco. The vile and dreaded Suburban Utility Vehicle.

TEOTWAWKI: The End of The World as We Know It. Usually to denote sarcasm and skepticism in response to some dire prediction of crisis.

TRT - Tyranny Response Team.


VPC: Violence Policy Center (anti-gun org affiliated with HCI).

WOD, WOT -- War On Drugs, War On Terror.

WTSHTF: When the s--- hits the fan.


Revised & Updated! -- THE LEXICON OF FREEREPUBLIC (2nd edition)-- (FR dictionary, more help for newcomers!)

Lexicon of FreeRepublic - 3rd Edition

Lexicon of FreeRepublic - 4th Edition

(THANK YOU, Bugbear, for taking up the task of keeping the Lexicon updated and current. =) -- Risky)

TOPICS: Announcements; Free Republic; Miscellaneous; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: dictionary; faq; fr; frdictionary; freeperlore; freerepublic; frlibrarians; glossary; lexicon; moosecheese; newbie
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1 posted on 04/26/2002 3:52:17 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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To: Bugbear
A bump to you. =)
2 posted on 04/26/2002 3:52:54 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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To: Registered
You have your own entry now! =)

(But so does Batjack and A+Bert) ;o)

4 posted on 04/26/2002 4:06:02 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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To: Risky Schemer
5 posted on 04/26/2002 4:31:16 PM PDT by not too stupid
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To: Risky Schemer
Suggestions for additional entries / updates / revisions are welcome and appreciated!'s one, to be added to FReeper Lore: What the heck was the name of the mysterious, highly placed Poster that was predicting that Clintigula was going to find some excuse (and maybe even might create the situation himself) so as to declare a national emergency and keep himself in power?

The articles were gripping and the same time wanted me to go and grab my tin hat...........kind of like rubbernecking when you know you shouldn't. LOL.

6 posted on 04/26/2002 4:37:27 PM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: Risky Schemer
Suggestions for additional entries / updates / revisions are welcome and appreciated!

No "moose" or "cheese" definitions?!

7 posted on 04/26/2002 4:41:04 PM PDT by gubamyster
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No "moose" or "cheese" definitions?!

A glaring oversight!

Cheese thread - originated as a common reply to a complaint thread -- "would you like some cheese with that whine?" That morphed into posting pictures of cheese, or just statements like "I like cheese." Moose was added later, an anachronistic reference to a line from the closing credits of Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "a moose once bit my sister."

Mind you, moose bites can be pretty nasty . . .

8 posted on 04/26/2002 4:53:02 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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A suggestion for an entry:
All your base are belong to us!
9 posted on 04/26/2002 5:05:20 PM PDT by jrewingjr
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To: DoctorMichael
What the heck was the name of the mysterious, highly placed Poster that was predicting that Clintigula was going to find some excuse (and maybe even might create the situation himself) so as to declare a national emergency and keep himself in power?

I seem to remember what you're referring to, but I'm drawing a blank. A former Clinton Arkansas associate turned author or speaker regularly predicted the same, but his name escapes me right now as well.

10 posted on 04/26/2002 5:10:14 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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To: Risky Schemer
I seem to remember what you're referring to, but I'm drawing a blank.

Didn't AlamoGirl keep whole Threads going, discussing 'His' prognostications?

11 posted on 04/26/2002 5:17:43 PM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: gavriloprincip
Special bump for a newbie.
12 posted on 04/26/2002 5:18:04 PM PDT by cebadams
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To: jrewingjr
All your base are belong to us!

I thought about adding that, but figured it had run its course. But, since it does still turn up from time to time . . .

All your base -- a reference to the opening sequence of a somewhat obscure SuperNintendo video game called "Zero Wing." The titles were poorly (and therefore accidently hilariously) translated. An internet fad developed on college campuses -- taking photographs and "Photoshopping" them to add lines from the Zero Wing text. The fad was picked up on FreeRepublic for a time. Several websites are still up that can get you up to speed on "All Your Base", including

13 posted on 04/26/2002 5:18:36 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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To: DoctorMichael
Didn't AlamoGirl keep whole Threads going, discussing 'His' prognostications?

Yes! And now it's on the tip of my tongue --- TRANNY! That's it.

14 posted on 04/26/2002 5:20:42 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed. (This is Mrs. Tac's favorite. Go figure.)
15 posted on 04/26/2002 5:26:29 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Risky Schemer
didn't Larry Nichols also say stuff like that?
16 posted on 04/26/2002 5:31:25 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Risky Schemer
Wow! this is great...

One suggestion:

RINO - Republican In Name Only, A liberal or moderate Republican.
should be:

RINO - Republican In Name Only, A liberal [a.k.a. "moderate"] Republican.

17 posted on 04/26/2002 5:33:46 PM PDT by sayfer bullets
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To: Risky Schemer
How about adding ( )o( ) for butthole

this is not directed at you
18 posted on 04/26/2002 5:35:15 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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To: mountaineer
didn't Larry Nichols also say stuff like that?

That may be who I was thinking of.

19 posted on 04/26/2002 5:35:19 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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To: sayfer bullets
Good suggestion.
20 posted on 04/26/2002 5:36:25 PM PDT by Risky Schemer
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