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9. What does mean? (soc.history.what-if)




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This article is from the soc.history.what-if FAQ, by Anthony Mayer anthonyemayer@yahoo.co.uk with numerous contributions by others.

9. What does mean? (soc.history.what-if)

There are several abbreviations common to much of Usenet which are not
described here. There are also a few that seem to be rare outside this
newsgroup, however:

ACW = American Civil War
AH = alternative history (not to be confused with A-H, Austria-Hungary)
ASB = alien space bats; see Question 8 ATL = alternative timeline BoP =
Ban on Politics; see Question 4.a. It is also used as a verb; to
BoP someone is to invoke the Ban
DBWI = double-blind what-if; see Question 6 ISOT = "In the Sea Of Time";
see Question 7 ObWI = "Obligatory What-If", a throwaway AH idea included
in an
otherwise off-topic post
OTL = our timeline; a synonym for real history POD, PoD = point of
divergence; the moment when an AH starts to differ
from real history
WI = what-if; used as a synonym for a particular alternative history *or*
for a particular question
YWUA = "You Wake Up As," or, what would the reader do if s/he replaced
a given historical figure with all current knowledge intact -
usually used as short hand for "given hindsight, what decisions
would historical figure X make?"

Additionally there are two prefixes that appear relatively frequently,
both of which are specific to the newsgroup. *{text here} and alt.{text
here} both signify "the alternative timeline version" of whatever text
they are applied to. For example, when discussing an alternative history
in which Napoleon is a physically large man, one might write about the
differences in behaviour and career of the real Napoleon, and *Napoleon.
This construction can also be used to refer to analogues of characters in
an alternative history. For example, an alternative history that featured
a British instead of a French revolution in the 18th century might well
feature an alt.Napoleon, or *Napoleon, who fulfils a similar role (but is
obviously not named Napoleon).

 

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