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A personal or personal ad is an item or notice traditionally in the newspaper, similar to a classified ad but personal  in nature. In British English it is also commonly known as an advert in a lonely hearts column.[1] With its rise in popularity, the World Wide Web has also become a common medium for personals, commonly referred to as online dating. Personals are generally meant to generate romance, friendship, or casual (sometimes sexual) encounters, and usually include a basic description of the person posting it, and their interests.

Due to newspaper prices being based on characters or lines of text, a jargon of abbreviations, acronyms and code words arose in personals, and have carried over to the internet.


List of single-letter abbreviations

The following are examples of single-letter abbreviations used in three-letter acronyms (TLAs).

First letter

The first letter describes the person seeking.

Middle letter

The middle letter represents the ethnicity of the person posting the ad. Can be replaced by 4, standing for for ("seeking", "desires", etc.).

Last letter

List of common abbreviations

The following are common abbreviations, acronyms, and code words.

  • 225: Seeking domination (i.e. will accept when told that 2+2=5)
  • 420 (or 4:20): refers to cannabis (see 420 (cannabis culture))
  • ASL: Age Stats Location OR Age Sex Location
  • ATM: Ass To Mouth - Anal copulation where the penis pulls out and ejaculates into a mouth
  • B&D (also B/D): Bondage and Discipline
  • BB: Bodybuilder, or Barebacking
  • BBC: Big Black Cock, or Big Black Cunt
  • BBW: Big Beautiful Woman (Overweight)
  • BDSM: Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and submission, Sadism and masochism
  • BF: Black Female, or Boyfriend
  • BHM: Big Handsome Man (uncommon, see BBW)
  • Bi: Bisexual
  • BiF: Bisexual Female
  • BiM: Bisexual Male
  • BJ: Blow Job (Fellatio)
  • BMW: (Big Mexican Woman) overweight Mexican woman
  • BOTS: Bit on the Side
  • BTW: By The Way...
  • BWC: Big White Cock
  • CBT: Cock & Ball Torture, used in BDSM
  • CD: Cross Dresser
  • CFNM: Clothed female, naked male
  • CP: Cock Play, between 2 or more males
  • D/D: drug and disease
  • DDF: Drug and Disease Free
  • DL: Down low: secretive same gender sex, often parallel to a heterosexual relationship
  • Dom: Male Dominant partner/participant in BDSM
  • Domme: Female Dominant partner/participant in BDSM
  • DP: Double Penetration, as when one person is penetrated by two objects
  • D/s: Dominance and Submission - lowercased "s" signifies power exchange
  • DTE: Down-to-earth
  • DWF: Divorced White Female
  • DWM: Divorced White Male
  • FB: Fuck-Buddy
  • FTM: Female-to-Male Transgender
  • FWB: Friend With Benefits (friendship plus sex and no emotions)
  • GAM: Gay Asian Male
  • GB: Gang Bang, a person having sex with multiple partners in turn or simultaneously
  • GBM: Gay Black Male
  • GF: Gay Female (Lesbian), or Girlfriend
  • GG: Genetic Girl/Real Girl/All-Girl as opposed to a TV/TS/TG girl
  • GHM: Gay Hispanic Male
  • GSOH: Good Sense Of Humour
  • GWC: Gay White Couple
  • GWF: Gay White Female
  • GWM: Gay White Male
  • Het: Heterosexual
  • HJ: Hand-Job
  • HWP: Height Weight Proportional: indicates an 'ideal' body weight
  • IRL: In Real Life: face to face meeting
  • ISO: In Search Of
  • LF: Looking For
  • LTR: Long Term Relationship (opposite of NSA)
  • M4M: Man seeking man
  • M4MW: Man seeking man and woman
  • M4T: Male seeking transsexual or transvestite (cross dresser)
  • M4W: Man seeking woman
  • MBC: Married Black Couple
  • MBiC: Married Bisexual Couple
  • MHC: Married Hispanic Couple
  • MOTOS: Member of the Opposite Sex
  • MOTSS: Member of the Same Sex
  • MTF: Male-to-Female Transgender
  • MW4M: Man and woman seeking man
  • MW4MW: Man and woman seeking man and woman
  • MW4W: Man and woman seeking woman
  • MWC: Married White Couple
  • ND: Non-drinker
  • NS: Non-smoker or non-smoking
  • NSA: No strings attached; no future obligationā€”opposite of LTR
  • OFAC: Own Flat And Car
  • OHAC: Own House And Car
  • OTK: Over The Knee, see erotic spanking
  • PNP: Party and Play (drugs, usually crystal meth, and sex)
  • Poly: Polyamory
  • Pre-Op: Pre-operative transsexual with genitalia unaltered, typically male-to-female
  • RTS: Real-Time Sex
  • S&M (also S/M): Sadomasochism (Sadism & Masochism)
  • SAE: Self Addressed Envelope
  • SASE: Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
  • SBF: Single Black Female
  • SBM: Single Black Male
  • SBiF: Single Bisexual Female
  • SBiM: Single Bisexual Male
  • ski: an outdoor snow or water sport, or code for cocaine use
  • snow: cocaine
  • SSBBW: Super-Sized Big Beautiful Woman
  • STD: sexually transmitted disease
  • Str8: Straight (not bisexual or gay)
  • sub (also subby or subbie): Submissive participant in BDSM
  • SWF: Single White Female
  • SWM: Single White Male
  • SWS: Sex Without Strings (one night stand)
  • TG: Transgender person
  • Tina: Methamphetamine
  • TLC: Tender Loving Care
  • TS (also Transsexual or Tranny): Transsexual person, typically male-to-female
  • TT: Titty-Torture, used in BDSM
  • TV: Transvestite
  • TYVM: Thank You Very Much
  • VAS: Vasectomy
  • VGL: Very Good Looking
  • W/E: Well Endowed: larger than average male organ
  • W/S: Watersports
  • W4M: Woman seeking man
  • W4MW: Woman seeking man and woman
  • W4W: Woman seeking woman
  • WLTM: Would Like To Meet
  • YO: Years Old

See also


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