Dictionary of Common Abbreviations Used on the Site

BF – Boyfriend

BIL – Brother-in-law

BM – Bridesmaid or Best Man

BTB – Bride to be

DD – Dear Daughter

DH  – Dear Husband

DIL – Daughter-in-law

DS – Dear Son

Ehell – Etiquette Hell

FBIL – Future brother-in-law

FH  – Future husband

FIL – Father-in-law

FOB – Father of bride

FOG  – Father of groom

FSIL  – Future sister-in-law

FMIL – Future mother-in-law

FTB – Father-to-be

FW  – Future wife

GF –  Girlfriend

GMIL – Grandmother-in-law

HC  – Happy couple

IL  – In-laws

JOP – Justice of the Peace

MIL – Mother-in-law

MOB – Mother of the bride

MOH – Maid of honor

MOG – Mother of groom

MOTB – Mother of the bride

MTB – Mother-to-be

RSVP –   Répondez s’il vous plait (French for “Respond, if
you please”)

SAHM – Stay at home mother

SIL – Sister-in-law

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

dman August 18, 2010 at 9:33 am

new to this site, please please tell me what POD means! I’ve never seen this on any other site.


admin August 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

Pod is a shortening of “peas in a pod”, as in, “we both agree and think like two peas in a pod”.


lkb August 24, 2010 at 8:17 am

Would you please tell me what BWW means on this site? Thanks. And thanks for all you do on this site, it’s one of my favorites.


admin August 24, 2010 at 11:36 am

Big, Beautiful Wedding


Asharah August 24, 2010 at 11:55 am

Isn’t it Big White Wedding?


Jillybean August 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Wouldn’t BWW be Big White Wedding? 🙂


Kristin March 27, 2011 at 8:34 am



admin March 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Dear Fiancee/fiance…..sometimes dear friend depending on the context


N0rway April 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Please; what does “OP” mean? Thank you.


admin April 6, 2011 at 6:07 am

Original Poster or the person who submits the story being posted to the blog.


Enna May 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

What does bean-dip mean?


anne October 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

I also wondered about bean-dip. Wasn’t sure it was appropriate, given its meaning :S


Tricia November 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Bean-dip is when you politely change the subject. “Have you tried the bean-dip?” or something like “Isn’t this pie wonderful?” or “So how is your sister?”


Softly Spoken December 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I also saw “SS” on the community posts; from context it is apparently a bad thing…?


admin December 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

It means “special snowflake”.


Swaffles June 16, 2012 at 3:09 am

I was wondering what the context of ‘gimme’ is? I’ve just started reading and I can’t seem to figure it out definitely.


Shnon October 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Gimme, someone who assumes they deserve something, imagine the annoying ill-brought up child shrieking “gimme candy! Gimme that toy! Gimme gimme GIMME!”


WeatherGirl October 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

What does IOW mean? I’ve seen it a couple of times around the site.

Thank you!


admin October 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

In other words


Anon October 26, 2012 at 2:45 am

What does SO mean?


admin October 26, 2012 at 6:04 am

Significant Other


Jeb Raitt May 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

There is DH, DD, and DS; I’m a bit puzzled at the lack of DW (Dear Wife). Is it considered redundant?


Cattra June 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

DW is less used as usually (admin can confirm) that women post on these sites.


Lura September 23, 2013 at 7:38 am

i am unable to open the “People and Details Checklist”. when i tried it did open as 784 pages of what might be code, if someone could send it to my email that would be great. thanks ever so, L


dave December 17, 2013 at 7:40 am

whats OP?


Sarah Webber January 7, 2014 at 2:34 am

I love your site! (You’ve probably heard that a million times). Could you please tell me what TMI means? Thank you


admin January 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

Too Much Information


Patrick October 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

BWW = Buffalo Wild Wings?


Kelley L Mackaig October 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Just had to tell you how much I love your website!!!


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