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This article is an acronym guide.

See World of Warcraft terminology and Category:Acronyms for more detail on these.


  • AFAIK: As far as I know
  • AFK: Away from keyboard
  • ATM: At the moment
  • BRB: Be right back
  • BRT: Be right there
  • BTW: By the way
  • BC: Burning Crusade
  • DIAF: Die in a fire
  • FFS: For f---s sake
  • FTL: For the loss (means "is bad")
  • FTW: For the win (means "is good")
  • GTFO: Get the f--- out
  • IDC: I don't care
  • IDK: I don't know
  • IIRC: If I recall correctly
  • IMHO: In my humble opinion
  • IMO: In my opinion
  • Inc: Incoming
  • LF: Looking for ("LF tank," etc.)
  • LF1M/LF2M/etc.: Looking for one more, two more, etc.
  • LFG: Looking for group
  • LFM: Looking for more (for a group)
  • MT: Mistell (means "I sent this message to the wrong channel or person")
  • Ofc: Of course
  • OMW: On my way
  • PST: Please send tell
  • STFU: Shut the f--- up
  • TBC: The Burning Crusade
  • TBH: To be honest
  • WC: Wrong channel
  • WOTLK: Wrath of the Lich King
  • WTB: want to buy
  • WTF: What the f---
  • WTH: What the hell
  • WTS: Want to sell
  • WTT: Want to trade


  • BC: Burning Crusade
  • Cata: The Cataclysm expansion
  • CM: Community manager
  • GG: Good game (often sarcastic)
  • GJ: Good job (often sarcastic)
  • Imba: Imbalanced; usually means "overpowered"
  • IBTL: In before the lock
  • L2P: Learn to play
  • OP: Original post/original poster/over powered
  • OT: Off-topic
  • QFE: Quoted for excellence
  • QFT: Quoted for truth
  • QQ: Doesn't "stand for" anything per se; rather, it is an emoticon: it looks like two crying eyes. It basically means "you are complaining", although it can also be used as a verb ("stop QQing")
  • TL; DR: Too long; didn't read
  • Vanilla: Pre-Burning Crusade expansion
  • Wrath or WotLK: The Wrath of the Lich King expansion


  • BG: Battleground
  • GY: Grave Yard, or the respawn point when you release
  • Twink: A character that has unusually high quality gear & enchants

AB: Arathi Basin

  • BS: Blacksmith
  • Farm: Farm
  • LM: Lumber Mill
  • GM: Goldmine
  • Mine: Goldmine
  • ST: Stables

AV: Alterac Valley

  • IB: Iceblood
  • TP: Tower Point
  • FW: Frostwolf (Can be used as part of a longer acronym (FWGY))
  • SP: Stormpike (Can be used as part of a longer acronym (SPGY))
  • RH: Frostwolf Relief Hut

TBfG: Battle for Gilneas

  • LH: Light House
  • WW: Water Works
  • Mines: Mines

EotS: Eye of the Storm

SotA: Strand of the Ancients

  • Blue
  • Green
  • etc

WSG: Warsong Gulch

  • EFC: Enemy Flag Carrier
  • EFR: Enemy Flag Room; the room in which the flag resides inside the enemy's base
  • FC: Flag Carrier
  • FR: Flag Room; the room in which your flag resides, also the main focal point of defense
  • Tun: abbreviation for "tunnel", the underground section leading from the FR
  • Ramp: the area leading from the FR or EFR that leads outside, once outside they may go GY side or just ramp

IoC: Isle of Conquest

TP: Twin Peaks

ToK: Temple of Kotmogu

SM: Silvershard Mines

DG: Deepwind Gorge


  • 1h: One-handed
  • 2h: Two-handed
  • 5SR: Five-second rule (the rule that mana regeneration from spirit only occurs if you haven't spent mana on a spell in the last five seconds)
  • Add: An "additional" mob that has been aggroed, usually unintentionally
  • Agg/Aggro: Probably short for "aggression" or some related word, it refers to who a mob is attacking — that player is said to "have aggro" or have "pulled aggro"
  • Alt: An "alternate" character — not your main character
  • AoE: Area of effect
  • AP: Attack power
  • BE/Belf: Blood Elf
  • BoA: Bind on Account (Misreading of Bind to Account)
  • BoE: Bind on Equip
  • BoP: Bind on Pick-up
  • BoU: Bind on Use
  • BS: Blacksmith/Blacksmithing
  • BtA: Bind to Account
  • Buff: A beneficial spell, or a change to the game that makes a given class/spec stronger
  • CC: Crowd control
  • Cow: Tauren
  • DKP: Dragon Kill points, a cover term for a number of systems guilds use to distribute loot
  • DND: Do not disturb
  • DPM: Damage per mana; rarely used
  • DPS: Damage per second
  • DR: Damage reduction (due to armor); rarely used
  • DR: Diminishing returns
  • DS1/DS2/DS3: Class-specific sets of gear that drop from 5-man dungeons. DS1 and DS2 were known as T0 and T0.5, respectively, but that analogy breaks down when it comes to DS3.; rarely used
  • DW: Dual wield
  • DoT: Damage over time
  • Drae: Draenei; rarely used
  • Eng/Engi/Engy: Engineering
  • FA: First Aid
  • FP: Flight point/flight path
  • FR: Fire resistance
  • GL: Guild Leader
  • GM: Game master (or guild master)
  • GTAoE: Ground-targeted AoE; rarely used
  • HC: Heroic mode
  • HoT: Heal over time
  • HPM: Healing per mana
  • HPS: Healing per second
  • HS/Hearth: Hearthstone
  • IRL: In real life
  • LOM: Low on mana
  • LoS: Line of sight
  • LW: Leatherworking
  • MA: Main assist
  • MAP: Melee attack power; rarely used
  • Mats: Short for "materials"; refers to the ingredients in a crafted item
  • ML: Master loot/master looter
  • Mob: Short for "mobile"; rarely used
  • MP5: Mana per five seconds
  • MT: Main tank
  • NE/Nelf: Night Elf
  • Nerf: A change to the game that makes a given class/spec weaker
  • NPC: Non-player character
  • NR: Nature resistance
  • NW: Netherweave
  • OH: Off-hand
  • OOM: Out of mana
  • OP: Overpowered
  • Pat: Patrol
  • PBAoE: Point-blank AoE
  • Pot: Potion
  • Proc: Programed Random Occurrence
  • PUG: Pick-up group
  • PvE: Player vs. Environment
  • PvP: Player vs. Player
  • RAP: Ranged attack power
  • RDF: Random Dungeon Finder
  • Res/Rez: Resurrect/Resurrection
  • RL: Real life
  • RNG: Random Number Generator. Sometimes referred as something "random."
  • RP: Role-play[ing]
  • Spec: Specialization (in a profession or talents)
  • SR: Shadow resistance
  • T1/T2/etc.: Class-specific (Tier) sets of gear that drop from raids.
  • UD: Undead
  • UI: User interface
  • Xmute: Transmute


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