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    Default Help with the Acronyms on Here

    Being a relatively to our discussion threads I find it hard to keep up with conversations because of the acronyms that are used. I am not talking about the common Internet chat type but the ones that are specific to our hobby. Can ya’ll enlighten the fresh fish so we will know what is going on? It really kills the learning ability when you don’t understand the best part.

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    R. Yerby Ray

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    Examples, please...
    Your Obedient Servant;

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    Yeah, which acronyms? We are not sure what you are talking about? And do you mean true acronyms or do you mean euphemisms?

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    Default Here are a couple mentioned in my post

    "Visible kabuki"

    Kabuki is a form of Japanese theater. The proper word should be, kuroko, which is a stage hand dressed entirely in black and are considered invisible. Stage hands assit in costume changes and moving things on the set. The term has evolved in the reenacting community to mean the people behind the scenes doing the work so the reenactors can reenact.

    When I wrote, visible kabuki, I meant people like those involved in moving trash, cleaning portajohns, making sure the water lines are running and et cetera. People who make an effort to not be so noticeable and obvious when performing logistical duties are always appreciated.

    "Been to the circus and seen the elephant"

    Seeing the elephant is a common theme in period literature. Elephants were an unusual thing to be seen in America. The first glimpse by folks then was often in a travelling circus. I have seen it used by folks early in the Civil War to describe their first battle. Here's a google search I used for the term, seen the elephant.

    An interesting quote is, "I've seen the elephant, and I've heard the owl, and I've been to the other side of the mountain."
    - Silas Tackitt

    "I consider him a humbug, a man of small capacity, very obstinate, not at all chivalrous, exceedingly conceited, and totally selfish." - - Lafayette McLaws about James Longstreet.

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    Just a few you might not know yet:

    EBUFU = events by us, for us

    CRRC = Columbia Rifles Research Compendium

    CRRC2 = ditto, Vol. 2

    AoP or AotP = Army of the Potomac
    Yours, &c.,

    Guy N. 'Frenchie' LaFrance
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    Don't forget

    AOT (Army of Tennessee)
    ANV (Army of Northern Virginia)

    ...not that either of those are reenactor specific.

    And FARB stands for.... well, THAT one is in dispute, now isn't it?

    Still, I'd like the original poster to let us know exactly what his question is.

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    Default a few more

    LOC = Library of Congress
    AAR = After Action Report -- comments written about an event, afterwards
    USAMHI = US Army Military History Institute (at Carlisle Barracks, PA)
    GNMP = Gettysburg National Military Park
    SUV = Sons of Union Veterans, NOT a motor vehicle

    AYGYA = Aren't you glad you asked? (I just made that one up!)
    Ron Myzie
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    How about:

    IWHWJTUWHRM

    That stands for: I Wish He Would Just Tell Us What He Really Means

    I am sure I read that in Catton or Shelby Foote!

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    Default Seems pretty straightforward to me

    Chicago Manual Style (CMS):
    acronym. Dictionary.com. The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing. Denis Howe. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/acronym (accessed: October 27, 2007).

    Since he's not looking for "internet chat type", i.e. LOL, BRB, ROFLMAO, etc, he probably means some of the ones mentioned in the posts here.
    Ron Myzie
    "God gave us two ends - one to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use. Heads you win, tails you lose."

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    Since he's not looking for "internet chat type", i.e. LOL, BRB, ROFLMAO, etc, he probably means some of the ones mentioned in the posts here.
    IMHO (in my humble opinion) you are probably right.
    Thomas H. Pritchett
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