Abbreviations

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)​
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A

AACJ:
A moderator currently known as "Art" aka the "King"​
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​
BB:
Blenheim Bouquet, a fragrance by Penhaligon's B
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.: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, the Shaving Mall thread of B&B. ​
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: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)​
C.E.C.:CF:
Castle Forbes (UK manufacturer of shaving cream, and grooming supplies)​
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)​
DOC:
Double Open Comb, where the edge of the cap has an open comb as well as the base plate.
DKAD:
Dopp Kit Acquisition disorder
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E

EdC:
Eau de Cologne​
EdP:
Eau de Parfum​
EdT:
Eau de Toilette​
EJ:
Edwin Jagger (UK shaving brush marque)​
EO:
Essential Oil​
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
GFT:GIT:
Green Irish Tweed. A fragrance by Creed
GIYF:
Google Is Your Friend (see also JFGI and LMGTFY)​
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​
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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"​
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J

JPG:
Jean-Paul Gauthier. A haute couture fashion designer based in France. Known for making fragrances as well.​
JFGI:
Just f***ing Google it.* A coarser version of GIYF and LMGTFY. Mod note- Never an acceptable post on the B&B.
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JMP:
Jose Monserrat Pou

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
LMGTFY:
"Let me Google That For You." Implies the original inquiry could have been easily solved via a web search. A nicer version of JFGI. See also GIYF. Related to, but less coarse than, RTFM, which is used in technical settings.​
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 the Minimalist Guild
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: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
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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)​
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O

OC:
open comb razor​
OCMM:
Open Comb MicroMatic - (Referencing a GEM Single Edge Razor)​
OGA:OOP:
Short form of "Order of Pinaud"​
OP:
Original Poster or Original Post​
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P

PAA:
Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements ​
PB:
Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant double edged razor​
PBB:
Phoenix Bakelite Brotherhood (for lovers of the Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant razor)​
PdN:
Parfums de Nicolai. A niche perfume house based in France​
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​
PSO:
Pacific Shave Oil or Pre Shave Oil​
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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​
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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:SAS:
Socially Acceptable Shave. Super light stubble can be felt in all directions, even WTG; see also BBS, DFS, and CCS​
SAVATE:SBAD:
Shaving Brush Acquisition Disorder​
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).​
SISSIES:SL:
Serge Lutens. A niche perfumer based in France, though Serge Lutens currently lives in Morocco.​
SMF:
"Shave My Face," another wet-shaving on-line community, sometimes referred to as "[the forum] across the street." See also TSD.​
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 edge safety razor). Also Savile Row (UK shaving brush marque)​
SRD:
Straight Razor Designs, an online retailer founded by Lynn Abrams, who also founded SRP (www.straightrazordesigns.com)​
SRP:
Straight Razor Place, an online community dedicated to straight razor shaving (www.straightrazorplace.com)​
SS:
SuperSpeed (model of Gillette safety razor)​
SS:SSAD:
Shaving Soap Acquisition Disorder​
SSB:SSBS:
Synthetic Shaving Brush Society​
STR8: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)​
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)​
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:TLOML:
The love of my life​
TOBS:
Taylor of Old Bond Street, a soap, cream, balm, and fragrance company​
TOFLAC-U:
The Official Face LAther Club-United. A group started by CHSeifert.​
ToH:
Taste of Heaven. A fragrance by perfume house Kilian of the LVMH group.​
TOMs:
Toms of Maine (previously manufactured shaving cream)​
TOU:
Terms of Usage The rules on B&B that everyone already read and agreed on​
Treewhale:
A verb meaning, to succumb to various acquisition disorders and purchase exorbitant amounts of products covered in the auspices of Badger and Blade for the purposes of gentlemanly indulgence. Usually multiple treewhaling events follow with quick succession. Implied is a necessity for pictures of any and all acquisitions to establish authenticity of said treewhale experience.​
TSD:
"The Shave Den", another wet-shaving on-line community, sometimes referred to as "[the forum] across the street." See also SMF.​
TTO:
Twist-to-Open (razor where part of the handle spins to open "doors" on top for blade)​
TTFFC:
Through The Fire Fine Craft
TWGW:
The World's Greatest Wife (ie. one's own wife, usually) See also SWMBO and LOTH​
Three T's, the:
Taylor of Old Bond Street, Truefitt & Hill and Geo. F. Trumper, three English firms which have been supplying quality shaving goods for over a century​
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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
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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.​
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​
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X

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

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