Information on Acronyms and Smileys (emoticons)
Many people use Acronyms or Smileys when posting to the list.
Here are some of the most commonly used and what they mean.


Some Breed Acronyms
ASD = Anatolian Shepherd Dog
AkD = Akbash Dog
CAO = Centeral Asian Ovcharka
CO
= Caucasian Ovcharka
KD = Kangal Dog
Kom = Komondor
Kuv = Kuvasz
MAO = Middle Asian Ovcharka
Pyr = Great Pyrenees
Sar = Sarplaninac
SRO = South Russian Ovcharka
TM = Tibetan Mastiff
TK = Tibetan KyiApso
OP = Owczarek Pohdalanski or Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Breed abbreviations
Kangal = Kangal Dog
Maremma = Italian Maremma Abruzzi
PyrMastiff = Pyrenean Mastiff
Tatra = (also OP) Owczarek Pohdalanski or Polish Tatra Sheepdog
 
Misc LGD Terms
GWD = Great White Dog (any of the <primarily> white LGDs)
LGD = Livestock Guardian Dog (many breeds)
 
Non-LGDs often mentioned
APBT = American Pit Bull Terrier
BC = Border Collie
GSD = German Shepherd Dog

Chat Acronyms
AFK away from keyboard (to get a drink or answer the door, etc)
B4 before
bbiab  be back in a bit
BRB be right back
BBL be back later
BTDT been there, done that
BTW by the way
d/c disconnects
d/l download (putting stuff on YOUR computer from the internet)
<EG> evil grin
EMTA evil minds think alike
FWIW for what it's worth
FYI for your information
<g> A grin
GMTA great minds think alike
GD&R grinning, ducking, and running
{{{hug}}} give someone a hug
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion
ISP Internet Service Provider
j/k just kidding!
LOL laughing out loud
OMG expression: Oh my Gawd!
OTOH on the other hand
OIC Oh, I see
ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing
RTFM read the fine manual
TTYL talk to you later
u/l upload (sending stuff to someone else's computer)
URL Universal Resource Locator
<VBG> very big grin
WRT with regard to
 
General text
ALL CAPS -capitalized words for emphasis (entire emails or significant portions thereof, with capitalization indicates SHOUTING!)
*abcde* -asterisks around word for emphasis
_abcde_ -underlines italicized word -there are other methods to empasize some text

Emoticons or Smileys
Why use them?
Because email can be silly, serious, and even emotive; using smileys can help prevent some misunderstandings about your intent. Many people develop their own style of smiley usage. You must turn your head +90 degrees -or your terminal -90 degrees ;-) and imagine really hard. Not all smileys have noses. :) ;)
:-) Your basic smilie.
This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic or joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection over Unix.
;-) Winky smilie.
User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark. More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smilie.
:-(
Frowning smilie. User did not like that last statement or is upset or depressed about something.
:-P
Yuck, ick.
};->
User just made a really devilish remark.
:,-(
Very sad smiley

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