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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[top]A

AACJ:
A moderator currently known as "Art" aka the "King"
AD:
Acquisition Disorder
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)
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B&B:
"Badger & Blade" wet-shaving on-line community (www.badgerandblade.com)
B&BE:
Badger & Blade Essential Shaving Brush
B&BW:
Bath & Body Works
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.
BdP:
Bois de Portugal. A fragrance by CREED:
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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[top]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)
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.
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.
CS:CTG:
'Cross the grain' (see XTG)
CWR:
Cold water rinse (see WWR)
CWS:
Cold water shave
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[top]D

DB:DC1913:DE:
Double-Edge (general type of safety razor blade)
DFS:
Damn Fine Shave. A near-BBS. WTG/XTG is completely smooth, ATG will feel a little bit of light stubble. (see BBS, CCS)
DKAD:
Dopp Kit Acquisition disorder
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[top]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)

[top]F

FB:FBW:
Full Bottle Worthy
FFF:
Frozen Face Freaks. A group for fans of menthol started by BilliardKing.
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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[top]G

GAD:
Guitar Acquisition Disorder
GB:
Gentlemen's Best
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
GTX:
Across the grain in the opposite direction as XTG
GWAD:
Gaiwan Acquisition Disorder
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[top]H

HAD:
Hone acquisition disorder.
HAND:
Have a nice day
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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[top]I

IIRC:
If I Recall Correctly, internet shorthand
IM:
Irisch Moos or Sir Irisch Moos
IMHO:
In My Humble Opinion, In My Honest Opinion, internet shorthand
IOTN:
Indulgence of the night
IP:
Israeli Personna, a specific marque of razor blade; also called "Red Pack Israelis" and "Red IPs"
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[top]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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[top]K

K10:
Knize Ten.
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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[top]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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[top]M

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:
Martin de Candre (A French Shaving Soap)
MFK:
Maison Francis Kurkdjian. A niche perfumer based in France.
MID:
Minimal Items Disorder
MIN:
Minimalist
MP:
Muehle-Pinsel (German shaving brush marque)
MPG:
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. A perfume house based in France.
MTSSB:MTTB:MW:
Mystic Water [Soaps]
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[top]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)
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)
NfMS:
Nivea for Men Sensitive
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[top]O

OC:
open comb razor
OCMM:
Open Comb MicroMatic - (Referencing a GEM Single Edge Razor)
OGA:
Order of Gillette Adjustables. A group started by Antares600.
OP:
Original Poster or Original Post
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[top]P

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)
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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[top]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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[top]R

RAD:
Razor Acquisition Disorder
RBAD:
Razor Blade Acquisition Disorder
RFB:
Raised Flat Bottom (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&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)
SAS:
Socially Acceptable Shave. Super light stubble can be felt in all directions, even WTG; see also BBS, DFS, and CCS
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).
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:
Shave Stick Brotherhood. A group started by Turtle.
STR8: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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[top]T

T&H:
Truefitt & Hill (UK manufacturer of shaving cream, soap, ASB, grooming supplies)
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)
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
TRSC:
The Real Shaving Company
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[top]V

VDH:VEG:
Vegetal Lilac Aftershave by Pinaud. A very polarizing product many either abhor or fall in love with.
VIW:
Virgin Island Water. A fragrance by CREED

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[top]W

W&B:W-E:
West-East (direction for stroke with a razor from left-to-right or right-to-left)
WCS:WHAD:
Witch Hazel Acquisition Disorder
WISE:WOW:
Woods of Windsor but also, more commonly elsewhere, "World of Warcraft"
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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[top]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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[top]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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