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We move pretty quickly here at Daily Kos, and a lot of the conversation assumes a certain level of fairly specialized knowledge.  Part of that is a whole host of terms, acronyms and in-jokes, most of which are explained briefly, if at all, at their inception.  It's almost impossible not to miss the origins of at least one or two of these.  So I'm soliciting for entries in a Daily Kos glossary, to help those of us, like me, who just can't keep up all the time.

I'm pretty sure I'm not duplicating effort, the closest that I've found was a wikipedia which now seems to be defunct (if I'm wrong, and it, or something like it, is still alive somewhere please let me know).

Try to list all the variations you know of, and give the origin of the term in addition to the meaning if you know it.

Originally posted to Nick on Sat Jan 31, 2004 at 06:46 PM PST.

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  •  SCLM, Joementum, and asdf (none)
    I figure I'd better put down something to start with.

    SCLM - So Called Liberal Media

    Sarcastic term to refer to a media outlet or outlets that the author believes are being anything but.  Originally coined by Eric Alterman in What Liberal Media?.

    Joementum -

    One of Joe Lieberman's many awful puns used during his presidential run.  It has been appropriated for snarky comments after Lieberman's rather poor results in Iowa and New Hampshire.  

    Small update: Apparantly the technical term for this isn't a pun, but a portmanteau.

    asdf -

    A nonsense filler for comment titles at dKos, due to their convenient arrangement on the keyboard.

    Thanks to NegSpin and DemFromCT for explaining Joementum to me, and DemFromCT for inadvertantly letting me in on asdf.  Also thanks to Draco for explaining about the term portmanteau.

  •  SCLM... (none)
    Ahhhh... Thx!
  •  candidate supporter nicknames (none)
    Pretty self-evident, but it's interesting how people self-identify.

    Deaniac, Deanie
    (ocassionally seen) Kerryite

    Oddly the other candidates' supporters do not have such nicknames. The Joementum squad? Edwardians? Hmmm...

    you and Bob Novak...

    by JMS on Sat Jan 31, 2004 at 07:05:08 PM PST

  •  The Mighty Wurlitzer (none)
    The Mighty Wurlitzer: The deafening chorus of right-wing media in perfect harmony. See Robert Borosage.

    Kerry:Dean::Pat Boone:Little Richard

    by hamletta on Sat Jan 31, 2004 at 07:10:20 PM PST

  •  CW (none)
    means Conventional Wisdom, but also Chemical Weapons.... coincidence?  you decide.

    "n/t"  threw me recently until someone told me it means "no text" for when the whole post is in the title.

  •  lexique kossovar (4.00)
    "What's your f(*&king problem?"



    the Beltway Heathers

    ABB: Anyone But Bush

    ABD: Anyone But Dean

    ABK: Anyone But Kerry

    If we could adopt the term Fromage for DLC dispatches that would be top.

    Supporting the establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Civility..

    by daria g on Sat Jan 31, 2004 at 07:15:05 PM PST

  •  Troll (none)
    Can someone please define troll for me?

    I was going to define it as "A person who posts a comment critical of Howard Dean or any of his supporters," but I'm afraid of getting a troll rating for doing it, so I won't. ;)

    There's a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't. --Leonard Cohen

    by al Qidder on Sat Jan 31, 2004 at 07:26:11 PM PST

    •  Trolls (4.00)
      In classic Usenet parlance, trolls are people who post to message boards for the sole purpose of picking fights, creating schisms and generally making things unpleasant for everyone else.
      •  Trolls (none)
        I'll add my guess that it probably comes from phrases along the lines of "Trolling for an argument".
        •  Trolling (none)
          It does come from that... It's "trolling" as in fishing... the poster is not being entirely honest, they either don't believe what they are posting, or don't really care, and are just trying to get a rise.

          But now it also applies to people that care a lot about what they are posting (but who are still posting to get a rise and (angry) response, just to twist tails and/or vent frustration.

          In an interesting linguistic turn, the term does now have a sense of Troll as in monsters lurking under bridges.

  •  corrente (none)
     I thought corrente had a lexicon, but it doesn't seem to be up now.
  •  Clenis (none)
    One of my favs...
  •  D'oh (4.00)
    How could I forget, there are a lot of obnoxious names for George W Bush:
    Whistle Ass
    Commander Bunnypants (I think this is from Media Whores Online, but not certain)
    Unelected Fraud (likewise)

    Google Bomb
    Setting up a large number of Web pages with links that point to a specific Web site so that the site will appear near the top of a Google search when users enter the link text.

    Supporting the establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Civility..

    by daria g on Sun Feb 01, 2004 at 02:48:22 AM PST

  •  Inside Baseball (none)
    Is inside baseball a well known term outside kossack circles?  I'd never heard it before I started hanging around here, but it sounds like the sort of thing that's a commonly used phrase out there in, you know, the real world.  Just not sure if it warrants explaining.

    Also, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm rating people who come up with good original definitions, and I'd encourage other folks to do so too so there's some (very) minor incentive to helping out.

  •  DNC v DLC (none)
    Since it keeps coming up in comments and diaries, I'll throw this in here too.

    DNC - Democratic National Committee

    Governing body of the Democratic party, somewhat synonymous with the party itself.  Run by the DNC chairman, currentyly Terry McAuliffe.  Generally responsible for the running and organization of the party, though in recently years known mostly as a fundraising organization.

    DLC - Democratic Leadership Council

    A faction of the Democratic party.  They are pro-business and centrist on fiscal policy.  Brought to power through Clinton's adoption of many of their positions, and now most of their positions are probably equally well describes as Clintonian.  They are perhaps slightly to the right of the Democratic mainstream, but by no way an extreme group, despite some of their angry rhetoric against candidates they perceive to be too liberal.

  •  can't forget... (none)

    That would be Chris Matthews. He looks like he just put one over on Sylvester.

  •  Mo (none)
    I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but mo, big mo, etc (meaning momentum, the momentum gained from previous wins, etc).  
  •  CW (none)
    Conventional Wisdom - that which must be defied
  •  DINO and RINO (4.00)
    DINO: Democrat In Name Only, e.g. Zell Miller.

    RINO: Republican In Name Only, e.g. Olympia Snowe.

    "The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth. When starting and waging a war it is not right that matters, but victory." Adolf Hitler, 22 August 1939

    by Thomas Kalinowski on Mon Feb 02, 2004 at 03:03:02 AM PST

  •  Push Poll (none)
    Push poll: a technique for spreading lies or unpleasant truths about a rival candidate by pretending to conduct a telephone poll.

    Example: "Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for George W. Bush if you knew he went AWOL from his unit during the Vietnam War?"

    "The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth. When starting and waging a war it is not right that matters, but victory." Adolf Hitler, 22 August 1939

    by Thomas Kalinowski on Mon Feb 02, 2004 at 03:09:39 AM PST

  •  Freeper and Wingnut (none)
    Freeper: (1) nickname for a regular poster to the forum of, a right-wing website.  Freepers are noted for their eagerness to invade liberal sites in order to harrass their regular posters, hence, (2) any right-wing troll.

    Wingnut: from right-wing nut.  See Freeper.

    "The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth. When starting and waging a war it is not right that matters, but victory." Adolf Hitler, 22 August 1939

    by Thomas Kalinowski on Mon Feb 02, 2004 at 03:20:34 AM PST

  •  tin-foil hat (4.00)
    a disturbed person who wears tin-foil on their head to ward off the voices and signals from outer space.

    Most often used to label outlandish conspiracy theorists on both left and right.

  •  more in the collection (none)
    n/t means no text


  •  Good idea (4.00)
    Obviously, this project needs to be called a Kossary.

    Some other terms...

    Kool Kidz: Similar to the term defined above, media "heathers". Describes the disturbing tendency of many in the media to act like the proverbial "cool kids" in high school - you know, the ones who tortured the nerds and felt they were smugly superior and just "too cool" for everything that went on around them. This is exacerbated by the fact that many campaign reporters, who resent the grueling travel schedule, also resent the candidates for having become more successful than they are. So it manifests in the kind of coverage Gore got in 2000, as well-documented by Bob Somerby at the Howler.

    Tracking Poll: Typically a one-question poll taken daily shortly before an election. Usually three (or sometimes two) days of results are then averaged together to smooth out bumps because daily sample sizes tend to be small. Purports to "track" the electorate on a day-by-day basis, showing momentum, movement, etc.

    There were some others, but I can't think of them now.

  •  "OT" (none)
    means "Off Topic"

    for posting something to a thread that is, well, not on the topic of the thread.

  •  LOL, ROTFLAMO (none)
    LOL=laugh out loud

    ROTFLMAO= rolling on the floor laughing my arse off (sometimes separated into ROTF or LMAO)

  •  Here's a couple questions (none)
    What is GOTV?

    What is the origin of "Whistle Ass"?

    "I'm so mad, I'm bulletproof!"

    by Mr Furious on Fri Feb 13, 2004 at 03:42:35 AM PST

  •  good... (none) to the old diary so our brilliant commentary stands forever. The new one can start with definitions...
  •  more (none)
    IMO = in my opinion
    IMHO = in my humble opinion

    I've also seen Fwiw and jmo, which I take to be "for what it's worth" and "just my opinion". I use wrt for "with respect to", but I picked that up from my grad school advisor and haven't seen it much outside of academia.

    but what is YMMV? and OTOH?

  •  Koolaid (none)
    as in, drinking the...
    •  Interesting one (none)
      because there are two roots, one truer than the other (but less widely understood!)

      The true one: it's comes from the Electric Koolaid Acid Tests, or more specifically, the Acid Tests back when LSD was still legal (pre-67'-68'), and Ken Kesey (RIP) and his band of Merry Pranksters threw parties called Acid Tests in the San Francisco bay area where the koolaid was spiked with Acid and the Greatful Dead got their start playing spacey and often improvisational musice (read The Electric Koolaid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe author of "The Right Stuff" and other fame).  If you drank the koolaid, you were tuned in... well, that was the theory anyway.  It was baby boomers... bless their hearts.

      The other one: It wasn't koolaid, it was "
      flavor aid", and Jim Jones had and forced his followers to drink it down in Jonestown.  You know the story... after killing a congressman down there to check things out, Jones decided the end had come.  But that was Flavor Aid.  And it was full of cyanide.  And no matter how bad you think Koolaid laced with LSD is bad, no denying it's a walk in the park compared to Flavor Aid with cyanide in it.

      Which could be meant in the Deanophile sense?  Well, the campaign manager's name was Trippi!  Trippy, Trippi?  coincidence?

  •  80s revival (none)
    I'd like to see the return of "Dittohead" not the creitins themselves but the use of the word. Back in the crazy 80s and early 90s, the fanatical followers of Rush Limbaugh didn't even need to remember his flacid arguments, they just said 'ditto'.  We could apply this to whoever it is who buys O'Reilly's book, etc.

    Or we could just call them O'Riellyites.

    J.C. Kelly san francisco

    by kellygreen on Fri Feb 13, 2004 at 07:56:12 PM PST

  •  Kool-Aid (none)
    (I can't believe this isn't here already)

    Kool-Aid (sometimes -- but substandard -- koolaid), to drink the.

    A term the meaning of which depends on context.  It can range from highly negative to highly positive (and self-deprecating).

    It refers to having given oneself over to the truth and vision (generally of some leader).  (Probably in origin derived from the horrific deadly Kool-Aid doled out by the People's Temple).

    Examples of use:

    "He's obviously drunk George's Kool-Aid."

    "I've drunk the Dean Kool-Aid, and am going to Iowa..."

    "Right, sure, and you keep the Kool-Aid where?"

    "He's drunk Microsoft's Kool-Aid."

    (The term's come into common politics-addict speak, but pre-exists it...)

    In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. -- Thomas Jefferson

    by ogre on Sat Feb 14, 2004 at 02:22:55 AM PST

    •  I tend to think the origin is... (none)
      ... the Ken Kesey Acid Tests, about which Tom Wolfe wrote a famous book, The Electric Koolaid Acid Test.  These were parties where the koolaid was dosed with LSD when it was still legal in the 60's (explains a lot doesn't it?).  Drinking the cool aid was the "tuning in" part of "drop out and tune in", at least as far as the Acid Tests were concerned.  "Have you drunk the koolaid?"  You don't really explain it.  So I feel very strongly that's the original and better root meaning, though the way language works, it means both things.  

      People that are against the movement think it's Jonestown Koolaid (but that was Flavor Aid!!!), and the believers think it's the enlightenment.

      Both have a little out of it and lost to the cause connotation to them.

      By the way, these Acid Tests are where The Greatful Dead got their start.  A small bit of counter culture history there, in both cases.

  •  "loyalty oath" (none)
    the oath of loyalty that is alternately asked for, insisted upon, demanded, or refused, from someone to support an eventual nominee even if their guy loses.

    Sure you support Kerry, but if he loses, will you still vote for President Sharpton?

  •  --------We've Moved!-------- (none)
    The Kossary has finally been updated, and is now located here

    That means that this is officially a dead thread.  I'll keep linking back to it, but I won't really be looking at it anymore.  So any more questions or definitions posted here might not get the attention they deserve, go visit our new home to get the full service Kossary experience.

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