Uru Abbreviations & Terminology List

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This is a list of abbreviations and terminology commonly used in the D'ni cavern and on Myst/Uru forums. The first section is specific to the Uru Community and the second is commonly used by the general public.

Specific to the D'niverse

ABM - Ages Beyond Myst 
The original single player game about D'ni, "Uru: Ages Beyond Myst."
ADM - Anti DRC Movement 
BCO - Baron's City Office 
The office in Ae'gura; also known as Sharper's office.
BoA - Book of Atrus 
BoD - Book of D'ni 
BoT - Book of Ti'ana 
CAT - Cavern Activities Team 
CC - Complete Chronicles 
CCN - Cavern Communications Network 
Includes The Cavern Today (TCT).
CGZM - Calibration Great Zero Marker 
CGZM - Cathedral Great Zero Marker 
Refers to "yellow" markers for missions found in the GZ "Cathedral" or back area.
DJC - D'ni Jazz Club 
DMC - Dutch MYST Community 
DoVVoD - Dreams of Visions, Visions of Dreams 
Forum in 2001 for discussion of fan fiction and other literature.
DRC - D'ni Restoration Council 
DRCL - DRC Liaisons 
DZS - D'ni Zoological Society 
FCA - Fan Created Artwork 
The "official" term for User Created Content (UCC). An FCA License is a prerequisite for such content. Applications are accepted by legal@cyan.com.
FCAL - FCA License 
A prerequisite to creating new game content. Obtained by sending an application to legal@cyan.com.
GD - greydragon 
The user name for Ryan Warzecha, a Cyan employee.
GoA - Guild of Archivists 
GoAs - Guild of Astronomy 
GoC - Guild of Cartographers 
GoCat - Guild of Caterers 
GoCo or GoCom - Guild of Comedy 
GoFA - Guild of Fine Artists 
GoG - Guild of Greeters 
GoH - Guild of Healers 
GoI - Guild of Ideas or Guild of Imaginists 
GoM - Guild of Musicians 
GoMa - Guild of Maintainers 
GoMe - Guild of Messengers 
GoW - Guild of Writers 
GT - GameTap 
The publisher of MOUL, 2007-2008
GZ - Great Zero 
An area in the D'ni cavern.
GZA - Great Zero Antichamber 
Same as Great Zero Observation
GZC - GZ Courtyard or GZ Cathedral 
The courtyard is the area you can access once you've collected the first 15 markers. The cathedral is the area at the back that you can access after collecting the next set.
GZCC - Great Zero Calibration Center 
GZM - Great Zero Marker 
Generally refers to the first two "red/green" marker sets.
GZO - GZ Observation 
Same as Great Zero Antichamber.
hk - Havok 
hs - HeadSpin 
Bought by Cyan to develop the Plasma Engine.
IC - In Cavern or In Character 
Approaching Uru with the point of view that you are really in D'ni, a real place (as opposed to playing a computer game).
Instance - One of a set of identical (or nearly identical) Age areas. 
Players in different instances will not see or hear each other. Changes made in one instance will not affect any other instances. (Example: everyone begins the game in a different instance of Relto.)
Lattice - The Lattice is the D'ni "computer system" that manages the Nexus and communication with the KIs.
LTD - Link To Desktop.  
Commonly cited with Uru Live, when someone would be in-game, their game would crash, and they'd come back into the game, they'd say to anyone they were talking to before the crash "Sorry, my avatar decided to LTD."
MC - MYST Community 
ML - MYSTlore 
A mini wiki, info site.
MM - Marker Mission 
MMO - Massively Multiplayer Online 
MO - Myst Online (Uru Live) 
or Myst Obsession which was the previous name of the Uru Obsession website.
MOOSE - Myst Online Open Source Experiment 
MORE- Myst Online Restoration Experiment 
MOUL or MO:UL - Myst Online
Uru Live
MQO - Magic Quest Online
NPC - Non-Player Character. 
OOC - Out of Cavern (also Out of Character) 
Approaching Uru Live with the point of view that you are playing a computer game, not walking around D'ni as a real place
OP - Original Poster 
pl - Plasma 
POTS - Path of the Shell 
The expansion pack to "Uru: Ages Beyond Myst"
px - PhysX 
RAWA- Richard A. Watson 
Cyan employee, eater of donuts, and giver of D'ni words.
RL - Real Life. 
An OOC term referring to reality.
Relto'd Out - Linked to Relto 
Used in the context of leaving an area, i.e. "I was chatting with Tweek before he relto'd out."
ResEng - Restoration Engineer 
RR - Restoration Realist 
SWN - Spoken Word Night 
Wednesday night event in UO 'hood.
TCT - The Cavern Today 
TGT - The Great Tree 
TPotS- The Path of the Shell 
Uru extension # 3.
U:CC - Uru: Complete Cronicles 
Not to be confused with UCC (User Created Content).
UCC - User Created Content 
UL - Uru Live 
ULM- Uru Library Manager 
UO - Uru Obsession 
Uru CC - Uru Complete Chronicles 
UU - Until Uru 
xp - Expansion Pack 

Commonly Used Anywhere

831 - I Love You (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)

88 - Bye Bye

88888888 - clapping

10q - Thank you

AFAIK - As Far As I Know.

AFK - Away From Keyboard

AKA - Also Known As

ASAP - As Soon As Possible

ATM - At The Moment

AWOL - Absent Without (Official) Leave

B4 - Before

BBIAB - Be Back In A Bit

BCNU - Be seein' you

BFN - Bye For Now

bot - Any type of automated software in chatrooms and web-cataloging software

BRB - Be Right Back

BSA - Black Screen Age 
A bug in the game when you get a black screen when loging in or linking between two locations.
BSOD - The Blue Screen of Death 
(BSOD, bluescreen, or stop error) is an error screen displayed by certain operating systems, most notably Microsoft Windows, after encountering a critical system error. Bluescreens can be caused by poorly-written device drivers, faulty memory, a corrupt Registry, or incompatible DLLs. Bluescreens have been present in all Windows-based operating systems since Windows 3.1; OS/2 and MS-DOS suffered the Black Screen of Death, and early builds of Windows Vista displayed the Red Screen of Death after a boot loader error.

CTD - Crash to Desktop

CU - See you (later)

CYA - See ya

EOF - End of File

EOM - End of Message

ETA - Estimated time of arrival

FAQ - Frequently Asked Question(s)

FCA - Fan Created Artwork

FCAL - FCA License

FWIW - For what it's worth

FYI - For your information

GBTW - Get back to work

GDC - Game Designer Conference

GFU - Good for you

GJ - Good job 
Often used in online gaming when a teammate performs an act benefiting his team, such as killing an opponent or enabling that kill

Gratz - Congratulations

GTG - Got to go

HAND - Have a nice day

HDMI - High-Definition Multimedia Interface

HF - Have fun

hk - Havok

hs - HeadSpin (which was bought by Cyan to develop the Plasma Engine)

IC - In Character

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

IOW - In other words

IRC - Internet Relay Chat

IRL - In real life

ISP - Internet Service Provider

ITYML - I Think You Mean

IYKWIM - If you know what I mean

JAS - Just a sec

JFTR - Just for the record

JK or j/k - Just kidding, or joke

KISS - Keep it simple stupid

KTHX - OK, thanks

KTHXBAI - OK, thanks, goodbye 
Used either to cut short a conversation or to express displeasure with being cut short
L8R - Later 
L8R also sometimes abbreviated as L8ER is commonly used in chat rooms and other text based communications as a way of saying good bye.

LESS - Looking to Explore Something Soon

leet - Often spelled as l33t or 1337. 
It originally meant elite

LFG - Looking for group

LFM - Looking for more

LMK - Let me know

LOL or lol - laugh out loud

LTNS - Long time no see

Luff - Intentional misspelling of love. Less extreme than love.

LYLAB - Love you like a brother.

LYLAS - Love you like a sister.

M8 - Mate

MHAOF - My Hairs Are On Fire

MMO - massively multiplayer online

MOTD - Message of the day

MTFBWY - May The Force be with you

MUD - Multi-User Dungeon

MUSH - Multi-User Shared Hallucination

MYOB - Mind your own business

N1 - Nice one

NE1 - Anyone

NM or N/M - Not much, Never mind or no message 
Used on message boards or in e-mails to indicate that everything is already said in the subject line.

NP - No problem

NSFW - Not safe for work. Warning about content that may get the viewer in trouble with his employer or co-workers.

NPC - Non-player character

NVM, NVMD, or nm - Nevermind, not much

ODE - Open Dynamics Engine

OHEMGEE - Spelled out form of OMG.

OIC - Oh, I see

OMG - Oh my goodness

ONOZ - Oh, no

OOC - Out Of Character

OP - Original Poster

O RLY - Oh really?

OS - Operating system

OSD - On Screen Display. (ie: Monitor's menu)

OT - Off topic

OTOH - On the other hand

P2P - Peer to peer, or pay to play

PAW - Parents are watching

PLMK - Please let me know

pl - Plasma

POV - Point of view

PPL - People

PTKFGS - Punch the Keys For God's Sake

px - PhysX

QWP - Quit Whining, Please

RE/Rehi: Hello again

RL - Real Life. 
An OOC term referring to reality.

ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing

ROFLMAO - rolling on the floor laughing my a.. (behind) off

RSN - Real soon now (used sarcastically)

SCNR - Sorry, could not resist

SFW - Safe for Work

sk8/sk8r/sk8er - skate/skater

SMH - Shaking my head

SOHF - Sense of humor failure

TBF - Time between failures

TBH - To be honest

TG - That's great

TGIF - Thank God it's Friday

TIA - Thanks in advance

TMI - Too much information

TOS - Terms of service

TPW - Third Party Work ( Related to User Created Content on other game sites ? )

TTBOMK - To the best of my knowledge

TTFN - Ta ta for now

TTYL - Talk to you later (also spelled TTUL, T2UL or T2YL)

Ty or Thx - Thank you

TYT - Take your time

TYVM - Thank you very much

U - You

UCC - User Created Content

VGA - Video Graphics Array

W8 - Wait

WB or wb - welcome back

WIGO - What is going on?

WIP - Work In Progress

W00t, w00T or w00t - a cheer

WOOT - We Own the Other Team

W/ or W/O - With or without

W/E - Whatever

WRT - With respect / regard to

WTB - Want to buy

WTG - Way to go

WTH - What the hell

WTS - Want to sell

WTT - Want to trade

WUG - What you got?

WUBU2 - What (have) you been up to?

WUU2: What (are) you up to?

WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get

xp - expansion pack

YHBT: You have been trolled.

YKW: You know what?

YW - you're welcome

YOLO - You Only Live Once

YOYO: You're On Your Own.