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Here is a list of abbreviations and acronyms used on B&B. For special words and phrases, see the glossary page.

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+1 (2, 3, etc):
I'm repeating what they said; I agree with what they said.​
3017ers:
Wet shavers with large stockpiles of soap who are (aggressively) using it up one puck/tub/stick/tube at a time. Some of them estimate they will run out in about 3017.​
3 T's:
3B:
Best Badger Brush, usually referencing the C&E brush (see BBB below)​

A

AACJ:
A moderator currently known as "Art" aka the "King"​
ABC:
Antica Barbieria Colla​
AC:
Artist Club (as in AC razors and blades)​
AD:
Acquisition Disorder​
ADP (AdP):
Acqua Di Parma​
AFAIAC:
As Far as I Am Concerned​
AFAIK:
As Far As I Know​
AGAIG:
As Good As It Gets​
ALPHA Team:
Aftershave Lovers Perpetually Hunting Avon. A group started by the Vez2.​
AOM:
Alliance of Merkur. A group started by BennyVega.​
AOS:
APOM:
A Piece of Me. A fragrance by Maison Francis Kurkdjian​
AS:
After shave​
ASAD:
After Shave Acquisition Disorder​
ASB:
Aftershave balm​
ASL:
Aftershave lotion​
ASM:
Aftershave Milk​
ASSC:
Aftershave Skin Conditioner​
ATG:
Against the grain (direction for stroke with a razor)​
ATT:
Above Tie Tie. A stainless steel razor company that is made in the United States.​
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B

B&B:
"Badger & Blade" wet-shaving on-line community (www.badgerandblade.com)​
B&BE:
Badger & Blade Essential Shaving Brush​
B&BW:
Bath & Body Works​
B&M:
Barrister and Mann LLC​
BaBE:
Badger & Blade Essential Shaving Brush​
BAD:
Brush Acquisition Disorder, also known as SBAD​
BB:
Blenheim Bouquet, a fragrance by Penhaligon's
BBB:
Best badger brush (often used in reference to an Edwin Jagger brush made for Crabtree & Evelyn)​
BBLE:
Badger & Blade Limited Edition Brush, produced in 2006 and, in two discrete production runs, 2008​
BBR:
Bluebeard's Revenge​
BBS:
Baby butt smooth. A completely smooth shave result. Circular rubbing pattern with the fingertips can't detect any sort of stubble left, period. See also DFS, CCS and SAS.​
BBW:
Belgian Blue Whetstone (razor hone). It's commonly the backing to vintage Coticules (modern Coticules tend to use a slate backing). If it's a natural-combo stone, the blue/black side is always BBW. BBWs can also be purchased on their own.
BBX:
Barbe Bleue Model X guardless double-edged razor. "Guardless", in the case of the BBX, means that the razor's baseplate is narrow so that the blade edges are completely exposed. The BBX is one example of a category of doubled-edged razors with unguarded blade exposure, dubbed the "DEvette" (by analogy to "shavette". See also DEvette.
BBXB:
Barbe Bleue Model XB: Black matte finish double-edge razor, guardless on one side, straight-bar guard on the other. The handle is heavier and thicker than the BBX handle (does not fit in the BBX inkwell stand).
BdP:
Bois de Portugal. A fragrance by CREED:​
BEAST:
Best Effectively Aggressive Shaving Tool, a brotherhood. See Zookeepers of the Muhle R41 BEAST thread.
BOBS:
B.O.M.B.:
BOSC:
BOTOC:
Brotherhood of the Open Comb. A group started by Bluesbishop, Azarius, JBradley, and jamesspo
BOTSS:
Brotherhood of the Tallow Shave Soap. A group started by Greg1911.​
BPM:
Balance Point Method. A technique for holding your safety razor..​
BRW:
BST aka B/S/T:
Buy/Sell/Trade, Thread on B&B where members can buy, sell and trade shaving items.​
BTW:
By The Way, internet shorthand​
BUMP:
Bring Up My Post. A backronym from "bump," internet shorthand for "bumping"; a thread to the top of the "new posts" list by adding a virtually content-free post in a given discussion thread.​
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C

C&E:
C&S:
CBN:
Cubic Nitride Boron​
CC:
Captain's Choice​
CCS:
Close, comfortable shave. Perhaps a notch less than a DFS. WTG is completely smooth, XTG and ATG both can detect very tiny levels of stubble. (see also BBS, DFS, and SAS)​
CDC:
Cult de Candre, a brotherhood for Martin de Candre shaving soap lovers.​
C.E.C.:
CF:
Castle Forbes (UK manufacturer of shaving cream, and grooming supplies)​
CNAT:
Chinese Natural Stone​
COA:
Cult of Arko. A group started by Malakas1981.​
CoCOB:
Cult of C. O. Bigelow. A group started by Kyle 3 Pass.​
C.O.L.D.
CONUS:
CONtiguous United States or CONtinental United States​
COP:
Cult of Palmolive. A group started by Newkie.​
CO9T:
Cat O' Nine Tails After Shave​
CROAP:
The term for a Lathering product like a very soft shave soap or hard shave cream which is atypical of the normally firm shave soaps or soft & creamy shave creams.​
CRSW:
Cold River Soap Works​
CS:
CTG:
'Cross the grain' (see XTG)​
CWR:
Cold water rinse (see WWR)​
CWS:
Cold water shave​
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D

DB:
DC1913:
DE:
Double-Edge (general type of safety razor blade)​
DEvette:
A category of doubled-edged razors with complete blade exposure (by analogy to "shavette"). A DEvette (also spelled "devette") can be homemade by manually reducing the width of a DE razor's baseplate, or by leaving off the baseplate altogether when the razor and blade are assembled for shaving. See also BBX.​
DFS:
Damn Fine Shave. A near-BBS. WTG/XTG is completely smooth, ATG will feel a little bit of light stubble. (see BBS, CCS)​
DG:
Declaration Grooming​
DKAD:
Dopp Kit Acquisition disorder​
DOC:
Double Open Comb, where the edge of the cap has an open comb as well as the base plate.​
DRH: D. R. Harris
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E

EdC:
Eau de Cologne​
EdP:
Eau de Parfum​
EdT:
Eau de Toilette​
EJ:
Edwin Jagger (UK shaving brush marque)​
EMJ:
Every Man Jack​
EO:
Essential Oil​
E-R:
EUC:
Excellent Used Condition​
E-W:
East-West (direction for stroke with a razor from left-to-right or right-to-left)​

F

FB:
FBW:
Full Bottle Worthy​
FFF:
Frozen Face Freaks. A group for fans of menthol started by BilliardKing.​
FFFMM:
Fixed Four For March Madness: an annual game using only one Brush, one Soap/Cream, one Razor, and one Blade (Make and Model) for the complete month of March. Started HERE in 2017.
Fili:
Filarmonica

FM:
Frederic Malle​
FO:
Fragrance Oil​
FS:
For sale​
FT:
For trade​
FTB:
Feel The Burn​
FTFY:
Fixed That For You (related to usually humorous editing and re-interpretation of a previous post)​
FWIW:
For what it's worth​
FYI:
For your information​
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G

GAS:
Guitar Acquisition Syndrome​
GB:
Gentlemen's Best​
GC:
Geneva Cutlery​
GD:
Grooming Dept​
GFT:
GIT:
Green Irish Tweed. A fragrance by Creed
GLWTS
Good Luck With the Sale​
GNU:
Gillette NEW Über-fan​
GTX:
Across the grain in the opposite direction as XTG​
GWAD:
Gaiwan Acquisition Disorder​
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H

HAD:
Hone acquisition disorder.​
HAND:
Have a nice day​
H.-B.O.M.B:
HBS:
HD:
Heavy Duty (a model of Merkur and other razors)​
HHT:
Hanging Hair Test (a test to see if a straight razor is ready for shaving)​
HMW:
High mountain white (a grade of badger hair used in Plisson shaving brushes)​
HTH:
Hope This Helps​
HUC:
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I

IIRC:
If I Recall Correctly, internet shorthand​
IM:
Irisch Moos or Sir Irisch Moos
IME:
In My Experience​
IMHO:
In My Humble Opinion, In My Honest Opinion, internet shorthand​
IMO:
In My Opinion​
IOTN:
Indulgence of the night​
IP:
Israeli Personna, a specific marque of razor blade; also called "Personna Red," "Red Pack Israeli" and "Red IP"​
IYO:
In Your Opinion​
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J

JPG:
Jean-Paul Gauthier. A haute couture fashion designer based in France. Known for making fragrances as well.​
JFL:
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JMP:
Jose Monserrat Pou​
JNAT:
Japanese Natural Stone​
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K

K10:
KMF:
KOVT:
Knights of the Veg Table. A group started by Luvmysuper for fans of Lilac Vegetal aftershave. (See also LV).​
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L

LC:
Long Comb, a version of the Gillette NEW DE razor​
LE:
Limited Edition​
LEMS:
League of Extraordinary Mild Shavers. A group started by Foyle.​
LH:
Long Handle (a model of Merkur and other razors)​
LIDGE:
L'Instant de Guerlain Extreme. A fragrance from Guerlain
LNHC:
Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations​
LOBOS:
Love Our Bowls Or Scuttles, AKA "The Wolf Pack". A group for lovers of bowl lathering and warm lather.​
LOL:
Laugh(ing) out loud​
LOLS:
League of Leg Shavers. A group started by Wrinkles2.​
LOSER:
Lover Of Single Edge Razors. A group started by Azarius.​
LOTH:
Lady of the House (see also TWGW and SWMBO)​
LTT:
Looking/Like to trade​
LV:
Lilac Vegetal Aftershave (especially Clubman Lilac Vegetal)​
LV (fragrance):
Lorenzo Villoresi. A perfumer.​
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M

M:
Member of "Minimalists"
M3:
Mach 3 (a model of multi-blade cartridge razor by Gillette)​
MAD:
Multiple Acquisition Disorders​
MB:
MBM:
Multi Bladed Monstrosity i.e. Gillette Mach 3, Fusion or Schick Quattro​
MDC or MdC
Martin de Candre (A French Shaving Soap)​
MFK:
Maison Francis Kurkdjian. A niche perfumer based in France.​
MID:
Minimal Items Disorder​
MIN:
Minimalist​
MLSW:
MMOC:
Micromatic Open Comb (a SE razor that uses Gem blades). Also OCMM.​
MP:
Muehle-Pinsel (German shaving brush marque)​
MPG:
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. A perfume house based in France.​
MTSSB:
MTTB:
MW:
Mystic Water [Soaps]​
MBWC:
Multi Bingo Winners Club​
MWF:
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N

N-S:
North-South (direction for stroke with a razor from cheek up)​
NB:
Nancy Boy (US manufacturer of shaving cream, ASB, shampoo, and grooming supplies)​
NDC:
No Date Code (when referring to vintage razors)​
NfMS:
Nivea for Men Sensitive​
NIB:
New In Box (referring to an item that has not been used and in it's original packing.)​
NOS:
New Old Stock (an item that is still in it's original packaging/state, but no longer manufactured)​
NRD:
New Razor Day (Yippee!)​
NSS:
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O

OBIF:
One Blade in February, a short abbreviation for the Annual "One Blade in February"; Challenge,​
started by @goby in 2010.​
OC:
Open Comb (as in an OC razor)​
OCMM:
Open Comb Micromatic (a SE razor that uses Gem blades). Also MMOC.​
OGA:
OM:
Operator Malfunction​
OOP:
Short form of "Order of Pinaud"​
OP:
Original Poster or Original Post​
OTK:
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P

PAA:
Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements​
PAS:
PBB:
Phoenix Bakelite Brotherhood (for lovers of the Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant razor)​
PBOCS:
Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant double edged razor​
PdN:
Parfums de Nicolai. A niche perfume house based in France​
PdP:
Pre de Provence​
PDQ:
Pretty damn quick​
PFB:
Pseudofolliculitis Barbae; ingrown hairs caused by shaving​
PG:
Parfumerie Generale. A niche perfume house based in France​
PH:
Pour Homme. In fragrances it is used to denote "For Him"​
PIF:
Pay It Forward. Rather than "paying it back" to older members, paying it forward means giving away shaving equipment to newbies. PIF can be used as a noun or a verb.​
PJ:
Persian Jar (a shape for a shaving brush handle; a model of Simpson's shaving brush)​
PLC:
(Fatip) Piccolo Lovers Club. (Not to be confused with Public Limited Company or Programmable Logic Controller.)​
PM:
Personal message (message sent using on-line community's web site rather than email)​
Poboy:
Refers to a quite sloppy lather that may run down one's arms when face-lathering. Akin to a New Orleans Roast Beef Poboy​
PSA:
Public Service Announcement​
PSB:
Proraso Single Blade, as in PSB shaving cream​
PSO:
Pacific Shave Oil or Pre Shave Oil​
PSSST:
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Q

QCS:
Queen Charlotte Soaps
QED:
QED (named for a mathematical proof's final statement, quod erat demonstrandum); a US retailer of shaving supplies​
QFT:
Quoted for Truth​
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R

RAD:
Razor Acquisition Disorder​
RBAD:
Razor Blade Acquisition Disorder​
RFB:
Raised Flat Bottom (usually refers to one type of a British-made long comb NEW razor)​
RMWS:
Roberts Method Wet Shaving, or simply Method Shaving
RP:
Round Point (straight razor)​
RPC:
Rabidpotatochip - Mostly harmless
RR:
RazoRock, a brand of razors and other shaving products​
RSO:
Razor Shaped Object (An item that sells as, and looks like, a Straight Razor and is often pleasing to the eye, but will nor shave or keep an edge. Caveat emptor.)​
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S

S&H:
Shipping and handling (in reference to Internet and/or eBay purchases)
S-N:
South-North (direction for stroke with a razor from neck up)
SABRE:
Shavette And Barber Razor Enthusiast (SABRE) group
SAS:
Socially Acceptable Shave. Super light stubble can be felt in all directions, even WTG; see also BBS, DFS, and CCS
SASA:
Steep Angle Shavers Alliance
SAVATE:
Saponificio Varesino Table of Enthusiasts

SB:​
Straight/Solid/Safety Bar. This describes the guard of a baseplate. A straight/solid bar is a safety bar, but a safety bar is not necessarily a straight/solid bar.​

SBAD:​
Shaving Brush Acquisition Disorder, also known as BAD​

SC:​

SC:​
Short Comb, a version of the Gillette NEW DE razor​

SCAD:​
Shaving Cream Acquisition Disorder​

SCS:​

SE:​
Single-Edge (Generally used to distinguish a single edge safety razor (SE) from straight razor (SR).​

SG20:​
Suehiro Gokumyo 20K​

SIC:​
Silicon Carbide, usually in referring to Silicon Carbide Powder​

SISSIES:​

SL:​
Serge Lutens. A niche perfumer based in France, though Serge Lutens currently lives in Morocco.​

SMN:​

SMW:​
Silver Mountain Water. A fragrance by CREED

SOC:​
"Semogue Owners' Club" shaving brush (their top-of-the-line boar brush)​

SOTD:​
Shave (scent) of the day (description of one day's shaving process or AS)​

SPF:​
Sold Pending Funds​

SR:​
A standard abbreviation for Straight Razor (as opposed to SE, the abbreviation for Single Edged safety razor).​
Also Savile Row (UK)​

SS:​
SuperSpeed (model of Gillette safety razor)​

SS:​

SSAD:​
Shaving Soap Acquisition Disorder​

SSB:​

SSBS:​
Synthetic Shaving Brush Society​

STR8:​

SV:​
Saponificio Varesino​

SWB:​
Shaving White Belt​

SWMBO:​
She who must be obeyed (wife / girlfriend); see also LOTH and TWGW. From the Victorian novel She: A History of Adventure by Henry Rider Haggard.​
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T

T&H:
Truefitt & Hill (UK manufacturer of shaving cream, soap, ASB, grooming supplies)​

TBFH:​
The Blade From Hell aka Graham Field DE Blades (named by TobyC)​

TBOC:​

TdH:​
Terre d'Hermes. A fragrance by luxury goods manufacturer Hermes.​

TEAD:​
Traveling Equipment Acquisition Disorder​

TF:​
Tom Ford. A fashion designer based in the USA.​

TGN:​
The Golden Nib (AZ based, replacement knots for shave brushes)​

TGQ:​
The Gentlemen's Quarter (West VA-based, cottage-industry maker of shaving cream, soap, and cologne)​

THB:​
The Holy Black​

TI:​
Thiers-Issard straight razor manufacturer based in France​

TIPTLE:​
Thiers-Issard Pierre Thiers Limited Edition, a limited edition straight razor made from old hand-hammered blanks.​

TM:​

V

VDH:​

VEG:​
Vegetal Lilac Aftershave by Pinaud. A very polarizing product many either abhor or fall in love with.​

VIBR:​
Virgin Island Bay Rum by Pinaud-Clubman​

VIW:​
Virgin Island Water. A fragrance by CREED

W

W&B:​

W-E:​
West-East (direction for stroke with a razor from left-to-right or right-to-left)​

WCS:​

WD:​
Whipped Dog​

WHAD:​
Witch Hazel Acquisition Disorder​

WISE:​
Williams Institute for Shaving Excellence. A group started by Vez2.​

WK:​
WhollyKaw​

WMS:​
Williams Mug Soap​

WOW:​
Woods of Windsor but also, more commonly elsewhere, "World of Warcraft"​

WSP:​
Wet Shaving Products (an Arizona-based vendor)​

WTB:​
Want to buy​

WTG:​
With the grain (direction for stroke with a razor)​

WTS:​
Want to sell​

WTT:​
Want to trade​

WWND:​
see here.

WWR:​
Warm water rinse​

X

XTG: Across the grain (shaving at right angle to the direction of hair growth); note that ATG is against the grain.​

Y

YGPM:​
You've Got a Private Message​

YMMV:​
Your mileage may vary (i.e., you may have different results)​

YSL:​
Yves Saint Laurent. Fashion design house based in France.​

YTAD:​
Yixing Teapot Acquisition Disorder​

Z

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