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Master Acronym Listing
As usual, correction, additions, etc. gratefully accepted (and encouraged).
AUDIFANS MASTER ACRONYM LIST
Rev Date Maintainer Notes
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1.00 11/27/98 Richard Beels Initial Release
This list is composed of the following sections:
General Use TLAs
Auto/Audi/List Specific TLAs
General Use TLAs:
<g> : "I'm grinning while I type this" or "That last bit was a joke. Laugh!"
<s> : In above definition, replace grin with smile.
02 (Zero-2): My 2 cents worth
247, 24-7 (say twenty-four seven or twenty-four by seven): 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
724, 7-24 (say seven twenty-four or seven by twenty-four): 7 days a week,
24 hours a day.
AAMOF: As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK: As Far As I Know
B4B: Bang for the Buck
B4N: Bye For Now
BBL: Be Back Later
BBR: Burnt Beyond Repair
BCNU: Be Seeing You
BF<word>: Big Flocking <word>, as in "I hit it with a BFH." or "I hit it
with my trusty BF hammer."
BFE: Bum-Flock Egypt. Denotes a place very, very far away.
BFI: Brute Force & Ignorance or Bunch of Flocking Idiots
BFN: Bye For Now
BMF<word>: Big Mother Flocking <word>, as in "I hit it with a BMFH." or "I
hit it with my trusty BMF hammer."
BTDT: Been there, done that (got the T-shirt....)
BTW: By The Way
BWDIK: But What Do I Know
COS: Crock of Shtuff
CYA: Cover Your Assets
D/FW: Dallas/Fort Worth
DIY: Do It Yourself
DWTGT: Don't Want To Go There
FOAF: Friend Of A Friend
FTR: For The Record
FWIW: For What It's Worth
HSIK: How Should I Know
HTH: Hope That Helps
IAC: In Any Case
IAE: In Any Event
IANAL: I Am Not A Lawyer
IIRC: If I Recall Correctly
IIRC: If I Remember Correctly
IM(NS)HO: In My (Not So) Humble Opinion
IME: In My Experience
IMO: In My Opinion
IMPE: In My Professional Experience
IMSM: If Memory Serves Me
IMSMC: If Memory Serves Me Correctly
IMXO: In My Expert Opinion
ISO: In Search Of
IUD: Insert Usual Disclaimers
IYE: In Your Experience
IYO: In Your Opinion
JM2c: Just my two cents
JM2ct: Just my two cents
KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid!
KOW: Knock On Wood
LMK: Let Me Know
MH02 (Zero-2): My Humble 2 cents worth
MYOB: Mind Your Own Business
NBD: No Big Deal or Not a Big Deal
NFW: No Flocking Way
NOYB: None Of Your Business
NRN: No Reply Necessary
OBO: Or Best Offer
OBTW: Oh, By The Way
OIC: Oh, I See
OTL: Out To Lunch
OTOH: On The Other Hand
PITA: Pain In The A$$
PO'd: Pissed Off (even though it really should be "P'dO")
POS: Piece of Sh!t
RFC: Request For Comments
RFI: Request For Information
RFQ: Request For Quotation
ROTFL(MAO): Rolling On The Floor Laughing (My A$$ Off)
RSN: Real Soon Now
RTFM: Read The Fine Manual! Brits might also say RTBM: Read The Bloody Manual!
SWAG: Scientific Wild A$$ Guess
TIA: Thanks In Advance
TIC: Tongue In Cheek
TLA: originally Three Letter Acronym, now used to mean an acronym of any
TLC: Tender, Loving Care
TOS: Terms Of Service
TTYS: Talk To You Soon
UDA: Usual Disclaimers Apply
WAG: Wild A$$ Guess
WBR: With Best Regards
WOB: Waste Of Bandwidth
WOMBAT: Waste of Money, Brains and Time
WRT: With Regard To
YABA: Yet Another Bloody Acronym
YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary
ABS: Anti-lock Braking System
ATE: Company that makes brake rotors and fluid.
AWD: All Wheel Drive
AoA: Audi of America
Avant: Audi-speak for StationWagon
BDC: Bottom Dead Center
BMV: Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the license-plate people in some
jurisdictions. Agency that bends you over the counter for the privilege of
owning and driving a motor vehicle.
BRG: British Racing Green (the color)
BTCC: British Touring Car Championship. Run by TOCA, not FIA. Fastest,
largest and most competitive (Germany (STW) and Australia are the other
major TC countries) touring car series in the world.
Blau: Blaufergnugen, parts vendor
Bomb: Brake Pressure Accumulator. Provides pressure to the brake servo and
ABS unit during emergency braking.
C&D: Car & Driver magazine
CC: Climate Control
CC: Cruise Control
COG or CoG: Center of Gravity
CP: Control Pressure
CPR: Control Pressure Regulator
Carlson: Carlson Audi, Palo Alto, CA. Ask for Linda, mention the list, get
Cat-back: Everything in the exhaust system AFTER (not including) the
DED: Dark Emitting Diode
DMV: Department of Motor Vehicles, the license-plate people in some
jurisdictions. Yet another government agency that bends you over the
counter for the privilege of owning and driving a motor vehicle.
DOHC: Dual Over Head Camshaft
DOT3: Brake Fluid Grade - Min dry boiling pt =205degC or 401degF. Min wet
boiling pt = 140degC or 284degF. aliphatic polyether-based, can be mixed
with DOT4, characteristics will be (linearly) in between DOT3/DOt4
parameters. Cheap, most widely used, eats paint, absorbs water easily, eats
natural rubber seals.
DOT4: Brake Fluid Grade - Min dry boiling pt=230degC or 446degreesF. Min
wet boiling pt = 155degC or 311degreesF. borate ester based, can be mixed
with DOT3, characteristics will be (linearly) in between DOT3/DOT4
parameters, 50% more expensive than DOT3, eats paint, significantly
increased resistance to moisture absorption compared to DOT3 (but still
absorbs water), does not eat natural rubber seals.
DOT5.1: Brake Fluid Grade - Min dry boiling pt=260degC or 500degF. Min wet
boiling pt = 180degC or 356degF. It's a stupid name (5.x) as it's
glycol-based (borate ester) like DOT3/4 and has NO silicone. Absorbs
water, eats paint, more expensive than DOT4, difficult to locate.
DOT5: Brake Fluid Grade - Min dry boiling pt=260degC or 500degF. Min wet
boiling pt = 180degC or 356degF. Cannot mix with other fluids as it
contains silicone, turns to jelly if done so; colored purple. Used mostly
for antique cars and some motorcycles because it does not damage paint and
does not absorb water (it allows water to pool in the low pars of the
braking system). Is more compressible than DOT3/4 though. Twice as
expensive as DOT4 (and thus 3 times as expensive as DOT3) and has limited
DRL: Daytime Running Lights
DTC: Diagnostic Trouble Code
Dan: Dan Simoes, der ListeMeister
EBD: Electronic Brake (pressure) Distribution
EC: European Car magazine. From the people who also publish SCC (Sport
ECT: Engine Coolant Temperature
ECU: Electronic Control Unit. Also, Engine CompUter, aka FTU: Fuel and
EDL/EDS: Electronic Differential Lock. EDS is German abbreviation for the same.
EDL: Electronic (front-axle) Differential Lock
EGT: Exhaust Gas Temperature
EM: Exhaust Manifold
ET: Code for offset on wheels. Example: ....ET 45, meaning 45 mm offset.
Also, Elapsed Time.
FFV: Fuel Frequency Valve
fiche: Microfiche that Audi publishes parts lists and service information
on. Yes you need a reader to read them. A 16x loupe is NOT enough. And if
you don't have a big reader, you'll need to learn to read upside down.
FS: For Sale
FTD: Fastest Time of the Day
FV: Frequency Valve
FWD: Front Wheel Drive, NOT "Four WD"
GOO 2000 - Pentosin Green (after part # G 002000)
GPR: German Parts & Restoration, parts vendor
Genius: Idiot. Usually used when referring to Audi engineer(s) who
designed the switch bulb circuitry or the door lock mechanisms or the
window regulators or the high-beam flashing circuitry (could very well be
the same person). See Team Doorhandle.
HC: Heater Core
HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
I/C: InterCooler. Also, Instrument Cluster.
IAT: Intake Air Temperature
IC: InterCooler. Also, Instrument Cluster.
ID: Inner Diameter
IM: Intake Manifold
ISV: Idle Stablization Valve
K&N: Company that makes filters: air, fuel, oil. Also K+N
KKK: Company that makes turbochargers. Alternately, abbreviation for Juha
Kankkunnen (4-time! WRC Champion). Has nothing to do with Southern
American Red-Necks who have a white sheet fetish.
LED: Light Emitting Diode. In most Audis, these are known as friodes.
They become SEDs: Smoke Emitting Diodes on their way to becoming DEDs: Dead
Emitting Diodes. We also seem to possess a large number of LERs: Light
LET: Light Emitting Transistor
LFB: Left Foot Braking
LHD: Left Hand Drive (driver/sterring wheel position)
MAC: Mandatory Audi Content
MAC: Name for a series of ECUs, e.g. MAC-02.
MAF: Mass Air Flow or Mass AirFlow Sensor
MAP: Manifold Absolute Pressure
MAS: Mass Airflow Sensor
MC: Master Cylinder. Also, M/C
MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheet
Michelin Man Hose: Rubber hose that connects IC with throttle body
MoS2: Molybdenun Disulfide, high-pressure lubricant.
Mr. Bentley: Publisher of the best shop manuals for Audis, he sadistically
removes seemingly non-pertinent information from the manuals (when doing
this, he's a genius, see above) that is highly pertinent. This information
can then only be imparted from an Audi-certified technician under a full
moon whilst inebriated and concurrently undergoing secret fraternity
initiation rites. Or by asking here on the list (booze may be required at
a later date, however).
NA: Normally Aspirated
NAC: No Audi Content.
NO: Next Owner
O2S: Oxygen Sensor
OBD: On-Board Diagnostics
OD: Outer Diameter
OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer. Also, simply OE.
OXS: Oxygen Sensor
P(D)L: Power (Door) Locks
PC: Powder Coat
PCB: Printed Circuit Board
PO: Previous Owner
ProRally: Rallying as practised by Americans and Canadians. Was PRO Rally.
PS: Power Steering
PW: Power Windows
QCUSA: USA Quattro Club
QLCC (1.8bar): Quattro List Computer Chip (pushing 1.8 bar of pressure
through the turbo; value can vary) or Quattro List Chip Committee or
Quattro List Chip Club.
Quattro: AWD system, developed by Audi and refined through years of WRC
development. Engine is longitudinal.
R&R: Remove & Replace
R&T: Road & Track magazine
RDH: Robert Houk, disassembler of the MAC ECUs
RHD: Right Hand Drive (driver position)
RMV: Registry of MV. Yet another government agency that bends you over the
counter for the privilege of owning and driving a motor vehicle.
RWD: Rear Wheel Drive
SC: Slave Cylinder
SJM: Scott Mockry
SO: Significant Other, also SE: Spousal Equivalent
SOHC: Single Over Head Camshaft
SP: System Pressure
STW: Super TourenWagen, German series: Super Touring Wagon. Sad successor
(relatively speaking) to the awesome DTM (Deutsche TouringWagen
Meisterschaft) series that Bernie Ecclestone killed off.
SUV: Sport-Utility Vehicle. Large pondering vehicles that reside in the
left lane doing 65, noted for their fine handling and excellent gas mileage
(if you need to ask....). They are the yuppie-mobile of the 90's and
beyond. So popular our buddy Al wants to tax them extra. Usually driven by
a clueless person with a cellphone stuck to one ear. At stoplights, said
clueless person can often be seen reading the newspaper. Unfortunately,
this phenomenon does not stop when the lights go green. Some say this is a
vehicular example of Darwin's laws. We'll see......
Scoobie or Scoobie-Doo: Subaru (affectionate term)
Spool: A type of differential. Essentially it's a non-differential, simply
locking the rear wheels together. Full-time rear diff lock is another way
of thinking about it.
Synchro: think Quattro with a transverse engine layout,
t-belt: Timing Belt. See also TDC.
T10: A common size designation for a TORX driver. Other common sizes are
5, 20, 30, 45.
TAP: Total Audi Performance, makes chips (no, not potato)
TBO: Time Between Overhauls
TDC: Top Dead Center. If you don't get it, pay someone to change your
timing belt. You haven't replaced your timing belt? Pay someone NOW to
change your timing belt.
TDI: Turbocharged Direct Injection
TSB: Technical Service Bulletin
Team Doorhandle: Perjorative term for Audi engineer(s) who designed the
oh-so-reliable door handles on Type 44 and others.
Torsen, T*sen, T*rsen: another type of differential, gear based.
Triple Square: A driver design that resembles a 12-pointed star, with 90
degree ends. Imagine 3 super-imposed squares with a 120 degrees rotation
in relation to each other ("tips" 30 degrees in relation to each other)
--or-- a 12 pointed Torx. Use the correct tool because while Torx bits
will fit a 12-point head and _sometimes_ work, when (not if, when) they
strip, you're up that proverbial creek.
UFOs: UFO shaped front brake calipers sometimes used by AoA while on the
Roswell project, a form of military technology transfer.
UK-QOC: UK Quattro Owners Club
Ur: Original in German, refers to the Original Quattro. e.g. Ur-Q, urq, UrQ
VAG: Volkswagen AG = Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. Usually followed by a
number. This almost always indicates a special tool that VAG recommends
you use to perform some sort of basic system maintenance. Of course, you
don't always need the tool. You can make your own. With most of them,
expensive is an understatement. Some genius came up with this system (see
VC: Viscous Coupling, type of differential, fluid based.
VE: Volumetric Efficiency
VIN: Vehicle Identification Number
Waffle: Rubber hose/plenum that connects air intake box with throttle body
WFO: Wide Flocking Open, as in throttle.
WGFV: WasteGate Frequency Valve
WMB: Sly, "in" reference to BMWs
WOT: Wide Open Throttle. Also the name of a throttle switch.
WRC: World Rally Championship. The world's most popular form of
motorsport, as practised by all non-North Americans.
WTB: wanted to buy
ZAC: Zero Audi Content
-<option>: non-<option>, as in 5K-t-q: 5000 non-turbo non-quattro
12v: 12 valve engine (V6, 2 valves per cylinder)
20v: 20 valve engine (5 cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder)
30v: 30 valve engine (V6, 5 valves per cylinder)
cs: the cs trim level
cw: Cold Weather Package
gt: the gt trim level
ls: the ls trim level
Ltd: Limited Edition
Q or q: Quattro
s: Sport Package
s: the s trim level
w: StationWagon, also "a"
w: Winter (Cold Weather) package