Mumsnet terminology explained: What does AIBU, DD and SO mean?

30 July 2018, 15:10

Mumsnet acronyms

By Alice Westoby

Ever got stuck on parenting site Mumsnet wondering what on earth all the acronyms mean?

If you're a parent - be it mum or dad, granny or grandad - you have probably heard of parenting website, Mumsnet.

The online forum allows mums to ask for advice, vent frustrations and console other mums who are in crisis.

One unique part of the way the site is used are the frequent acronyms that pop up in various messaged across its many forum pages including AIBU, SO and DD to name a few.

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Here's a list of some of the most commonly used acronyms that might leave you stumped during a visit to Mumsnet...

AIBU

Am I being unreasonable

AFAIK

As far as I know

BC

Before children

BIL

Brother in law

BM

Birth mother

Boak

Not an acronym! Instead, a word used to describe a vomit-worthy moment.

Bump

Not an acronym! And not the baby kind either. People comment the word bump on a unactive thread to boost it up to the top of the page and get people discussing it again,

DA

Domestic abuse

DD or DS or DH

Darling daughter or darling son or darling husband

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DLA

Disability living allowance

D&V 

Diarrhoea and vomiting

EA

Emotional abuse

EBF

Exclusively breast feeding

FTFY

Fixed this for you

FIL and MIL

Father in law and mother in law

FWIW

For what it's worth

HTH

Hope this helps

IIRC

If I remember correctly

IMHO

In my humble opinion

IYKWIM

If you know what I mean

MC

Miscarriage

NAK

Nursing at keyboard

OTOH

On the other hand

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PFB

Precious first born

PM

Private message

SAHM

Stay at home mother

SENCO

Special educational needs co-ordination

STBXH

Soon to be ex-husband

VBAC

Vaginal birth after c-section

WAHM

Working at home mother

YANBI

You are not being unreasonable