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Definition of Polyamory

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Definitions of poly terms

polyamory Acronyms

AFAIC
As Far As I'm Concerned

AFAIK
As Far As I Know

AFAIWC
As Far As I Was Concerned

AGDoA
A Great Deal of Affection

AKA
Also Known As

ARG
Alternate Relationship Geometries

BBW
Big Beautiful Woman

BDSM
Bondage/Discipline/Sadomasochism B and D does not necessarily imply S and M, nor does S and M imply B and D but there is enough overlap and common ground that the two groups are generally lumped together.

BTDT
Been There Done That

BTDTMT
Been There Done That Major Time

BTW
By The Way

BYKT
But You Knew That

BYKTA
But You Knew That Already

DADT
Don't Ask Don't Tell

DOMA
Defense of Marriage Act

D/s
Dominant/submissive relationship, another facet of B and D/S and M type relationships. Some people only do emotional D/s without and B and D or S and M.

EG
Evil Grin (Thanks Deb)

EPID
Every Person Is Different

FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions - a list of information people wish others knew, posed in the form of questions and answers

FF
A dyad where both partners are female

FFF
A triad with three females, possibly a V centering on the middle female

FFM
A triad of a Female, another Female, and a Male, possibly a V centering on the middle female

FMF
A triad of a Female, a Male, and another Female, possibly a V centering on the middle male

FMM
A triad of a Female, a Male, and another Male, possibly a V centering on the middle male

FWIW
For What It's Worth

FYI
For Your Information

G/L/B/T or GLBT
Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered

GMTA
Great Minds Think Alike

HBB
Hot Bi-Babe, a term used in wannas by men looking for sex with two women at the same time. It is also used (affectionately) by some poly people who feel that they (or others they know) really are Hot Bi-Babes. This term can be used for either sex.

HNG
Horny Net Geek Something resembling a wanna. (Thanks Deb)

HPS
High Priestess (a Wiccan/Pagan term not frequently used on this list)

IANAL
I Am Not A Lawyer. Often followed by but and some pseudo legal advice.

IIRC
If I Recall Correctly

IME
In My Experience

IMHO
In My Humble Opinion

IMNSHO
In My Not So Humble Opinion

IMO
In My Opinion

IYO
In Your Opinion

IRL
In Real Life (see RL)

LDR
Long Distance Relationship

LOL
Laughing out loud

LMAO
Laughing My A** Off

LTNS
Long Time No See

MFF
A triad with a Male, Female, and another Female, possibly a V centering on the middle female

MFM
A triad with a Male, Female, and another Male. Possibly a V centering on the middle female

MMF
A triad with a Male, another Male. And a Female, possibly a V centering on the middle male

MMM
A triad with three males, possibly a V centering on the middle male

MOTAS
Member Of The Appropriate Sex

MOTOS
Member Of The Opposite Sex

MOTSS
Member of the Same Sex

MPW
My Poly Weekend (what happened good or bad over the weekend)

N
4 person relationship. Four people are having sex. Everyone may or may not have met each other or be friends but they know they exist. See Z

NRE
New Relationship Energy That lovely euphoria you experience when you become involved with a new love; the world seems brighter, people seem more beautiful and chocolate tastes even better. - (Thanks Llyra)

NTS
New Toy Syndrome (see NRE)

ODD
Not even. Weird. Strange. Applies to most of us.

OMG
Oppressive Majority Group (apparently coined by [roy])

OPW
Our Poly Weekend

ORE
Old Relationship Energy or the valuable stuff you get from years of digging together

OSO
Other Significant Other (coined by Deborah Lipp)

OTOH
On The Other Hand

PC
Politically Correct, Personal Computer

PDA
Public Display of Affection (or Personal Digital Assistant)

PIV
Penis In Vagina (a certain type of sex)

PLL
Poly Locator List (Phase Locked Loop if you're a geek)

PMR
Poly Mixed Relationship, one or more polyamorous, one or more monogamous (coined by Roy 9 June 1997, we'll see how much it gets used)

PNW
Poly NorthWest, I mean Pacific NorthWest

PWP
Poly Wanna Potluck, a gathering of polyamorous people for food and conversation

RL
Real Life, i.e. not on the computer

ROFL
Rolling On Floor Laughing

ROTF
Rolling On The Floor

ROTFL
Rolling On The Floor Laughing

ROTFLMAO
Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off

ROTFLMAOSTC
Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off Scaring The Cats

SISL
Stranger In A Strange Land - Book by Robert Heinlein

SO
Significant Other

SQO
Some Quantity Of

SSO
Secondary Significant Other

TOCOTOX
Too Complicated TO eXplain

TPE
Total Power Exchange. A BDSM acronym for a master - slave relationship that includes all of life, not just sex.

TTFN
Ta Ta For Now

WRT
With Regard To

V
A relationship of three people where one person has two partners, but the partners do not have a strong bond. Two dyads having one person in common. The bonding between the people on the ends of the V can vary wildly depending on the people involved. Example, a triad may sexually be a V but emotionally an equal triad. Or a triad may be sexually and emotionally a V where the partners would split if the focus of their relationship left them.

YMMV
Your Mileage May Vary or Your Maya May Vary

WEG
Wide Evil Grin (Thanks Deb)

Z
4 person relationship. Four people are having sex. Everyone may or may not have met each other or be friends but they know they exist. See N

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