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Default Stumped on a couple of abbreviations.

On various forums I see a many abbreviations and I'm stumped on a couple and thought someone here could help.

1. DLP="Defense of Life and Property" I believe??

2 DRT-to me it means "Dead Right There". Am I close to being correct?

3. MIM-absolutely no idea. Something to do with manufacturing???

I'm sure there are more, If anyone could add a few others I'm sure it would help.
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MIM: Metal Injection Molding.

A process where metal powder is injected into a mold to make a part.

Of course there is a lot more to it, and quality varies quite a bit between manufacturers.

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CTG.........?
Is that an abbreviation used in dirt bike riding like

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Is that an abbreviation used in dirt bike riding like

DNF

WFO

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No. I was actually thinking of the Compact Tank Gun.
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I always thought CTG was the appreviation of cartridge????
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In racing, DNF is Did Not Finish. WFO is Wide...uh... Flat Open. The others that the OP mentioned I have yet to run across. I've been seeing some interesting ones on this Forum. Usually I can figure them out, but some are real posers. I hope they don't become heavily used, because I spend enough time in a state of confusion already!
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I guess DRT doesn't stand for "Dead Reckoning Tracer" anymore. Oh well.

Lost Lake nailed MIM for you.

DLP is a recipe term. It's shorthand for "dollop." Sort of halfway between a teaspoonful and a 1/4 cup. In other words, about the correct amount of cheese to place atop broccoli.

But that's another thread altogether.
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- - the correct amount of cheese to place atop broccoli.

But that's another thread altogether.
In this new-age era of newspeak, the idea is to assume the listener/reader will be interested enough to try to figure out your thought/jargon that you make up as you go along. This is carry-over from sloppy texting short hand to every day communication.

If a message or article has normal sentence structure and punctuation, I usually keep reading. If not, what interest do I have in an idiot's thoughts?

DLP, dollop, (noun) A scientific unit of measure used in food service, being about half way between a spoon full & a whole gob.

On my broccoli, I prefer the whole gob of cheese
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Recognizing this as a some thing from my Latin classes at Our Lady of Perpetual Collections I think it means capital gains tax in Latin. Payable to Diocletian in brass, silver or gold coins bearing his image or Marcus Aurelius..

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What it really comes down to is the 'context' the abbreviation or acronym is being used in.

If you have a group that all know the subject being discussed or written about, most will likely know the particular 'shorthand'. But it is still poor form in technical magazines or journals to use them without spelling them out the first time they are used in an article.

I read a rather wide range of trade magazines because my work involves so many industries and processes, and there are a lot of the same abbreviations in different industries that mean completely different things. I become very annoyed if I have to go digging for the proper meaning if the writer (And their editor!) forgot to include it!

I've been in meetings where it was necessary to stop and straighten out the mess caused by the misunderstandings due to abbreviations and acronyms. Cases where these shortcuts ended up costing a lot of time.
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I had to think about EDC. Every Day Carry

Overuse of "buzz anagrams" has left me in despair a few times but here, it never hurts to ask.
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I recall a story about a young officer who decided that mastering all the military acronyms was the key to rapid promotion. When he had a temporary staff assignment, he made sure that maximum acronyms were in use in all his paperwork.

Shortly after he submitted a long report to his CO, he found it on his desk with UNA in large red letters across the front. After search all his references, he was stumped and timidly approached the SNCO about it.

The SNCO looked at the kid and stated: "UNA means use no acronyms, the old man hates them!"
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In racing, DNF is Did Not Finish. WFO is Wide...uh... Flat Open. The others that the OP mentioned I have yet to run across. I've been seeing some interesting ones on this Forum. Usually I can figure them out, but some are real posers. I hope they don't become heavily used, because I spend enough time in a state of confusion already!
Other racing terms
DSQ disqualified
RDG redress given
DNS did not start
DFL finished dead..... last
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But it MUST be stinky cheese!
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The one that drives me insane is the one that is used on NCIS a lot sitrep. I can't even imagine what that one means.
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The one that drives me insane is the one that is used on NCIS a lot sitrep. I can't even imagine what that one means.
Used the term sit rep all the time in 'Nam...
Situation Report.....
When asked for a sit rep, the reply would be Alpha Sierra..All Secure..... sometimes....
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Used the term sit rep all the time in 'Nam...
Situation Report.....
When asked for a sit rep, the reply would be Alpha Sierra..All Secure..... sometimes....
Rest of the time it's SNAFU.
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Other racing terms
DSQ disqualified
RDG redress given
DNS did not start
DFL finished dead..... last
DBU? Done Blowed up
PUY? Pass under yellow
N2T? Nose into tail
S2S? Side to side

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Rest of the time it's SNAFU.
There were other abbreviations...
OM ( oscar mike) = On the Move
HC ( hotel charlie)= Head Call
ZAP number..First letter last name, followed by last 4 digits of your service number..Used when identifying injured or dead..
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Another one I haven't heard in a long time - RCH. A very tiny unit of measurement IIRC.
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Music Television
Universal Serial Bus
A British punk band from the late 70s into the early 80s.
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A British punk band from the late 70s into the early 80s.
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Visit any firearms forum dedicated to "tactical" weaponry and revel in the amount of contrived acronym-speak.
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Acronymfinder.com helps with a lot of them but some that are "made up" won't be there.
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One acronym that I only heard once, but have never forgotten, was one used by one of my NCOs in Viet Nam. It was standard procedure when leaving the compound to do a radio check of the vehicle radio by calling the base station. Once when leaving the firebase, I called in for a radio check, and expected to hear Lima Charlie for "loud and clear", or "five by five" which meant the same thing. Instead, the reply that came back was " I read you Charlie Alpha Foxtrot Bravo". I didn't know what that meant, but I recognized the voice, so knew better than to ask over the radio. When I got back to the unit, I asked the Sgt what CAFB meant. He looked at me as if I were a little slow, and said "it means I hear you clear as a F-ing bell. I guess you can learn something new every day!
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ZAP number..First letter last name, followed by last 4 digits of your service number..Used when identifying injured or dead..
Interesting. In the Navy, that was your laundry number, which you put on each piece of clothing put into the ship's laundry.
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Interesting. In the Navy, that was your laundry number, which you put on each piece of clothing put into the ship's laundry.
Is that where the idea for 'zip code' came from???

Oh I remember that is an acronym for Zone something or other. My wife will know. She's a ZIP Lady.
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Interesting. In the Navy, that was your laundry number, which you put on each piece of clothing put into the ship's laundry.
Button crushing machine, super-heated pants shrinker, and clothing color-changing chemistry....ah, the ship's laundry!
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Oh I remember that is an acronym for Zone something or other. My wife will know. She's a ZIP Lady.
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I find it so much easier just to type out the words I'm trying to say. I do it all by phone, and it actually takes more effort to make my phone recognize gwp than ga weapons permit

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I find it so much easier just to type out the words I'm trying to say. I do it all by phone, and it actually takes more effort to make my phone recognize gwp than ga weapons permit

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Airlines have acronym names: LANSA was Nicaraguas old airline, we called it "Lost And Never Seen Again" and SAHSA was Honduras..."Stay At Home, Stay Alive".
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Button crushing machine, super-heated pants shrinker, and clothing color-changing chemistry....ah, the ship's laundry!
How true! I was going to comment on when they started that laundry number business, and realized that I didn't actually know. I spent two and half years on the Bonny Dick, took three WestPac cruises, and never used the ship's laundry. I had thirty-some sets of underwear, as many towels, sixty pairs of socks, and near a dozen sets of dungarees. You should have seen the Hey Joes running to help me when I came down the afterbrow with two full laundry bags. Didn't cost very much, either.
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It all depends on context...examples:

IO
- input/output (computer geekdom)
- information operations/info ops (psy ops)
- Intelligence Oversight (intel)

CNO
- Chief of Naval Operations
- computer network operations

BM
- ballistic missile (military)
- bowel movement (medical)

SSN
- Social Security Number
- Submarine, attack, nuclear (navy)
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Also for BM - bill of material ( manufacturing)
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I can't understand why everyone butchers the phonetic alphabet. It was devised in WWII with very specific thoughts in mind. Now a days you could hear anything. Ham ops are the only ones that are anywhere close to the original that I know of.
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I can't understand why everyone butchers the phonetic alphabet. It was devised in WWII with very specific thoughts in mind. Now a days you could hear anything. Ham ops are the only ones that are anywhere close to the original that I know of.
The WWII phonetic alphabet was revised drastically to what the military and airlines all over the world use today. I've used it a few times in calling in a report of an impaired driver's license number or that of somebody conducting drug business in my apartment parking lot, and succeeded in confusing the hell out of some 911 dispatchers. I don't know why police and fire departments here don't use it.
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for the guitar players out there.........MIM is made in Mexico, as in a MIM Strat
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BM
- ballistic missile (military)
- bowel movement (medical)

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- Submarine, attack, nuclear (navy)
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Once I ordered a cabinet that was shipped KD. I asked the supply guy what that meant. He took a while to find out but he told me.

KD = Knocked Down


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