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Old November 20, 2009, 09:57 PM   #1
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questions from rookie, re: "bump", FTF

Help, please. Call me dumb, ok. Been called worse. What is FTF? Also, bump?
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Old November 20, 2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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FTF:

Face-To-Face

Bump:

Is a post designed to bring the thread back to the top, "bump it" back to the top. You can't post without saying something so people say "bump"
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Old November 20, 2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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knowledge is good

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Old November 20, 2009, 10:41 PM   #4
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FTF is sometimes written F2F.

Bump is sometimes written BTT which I think stands for Bump This Thread but I'm guessing there are other things it might mean..
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Old November 20, 2009, 10:43 PM   #5
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And let's not forget the ever popular SPF - Sold Pending Funds - which means that a deal has been agreed to but the money hasn't been paid.
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Old November 20, 2009, 11:35 PM   #6
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.... and TTT (To The Top), though not often seen here.

... and BTW (By The Way) welcome to TFL!
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Old November 21, 2009, 10:46 AM   #7
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Thanks from me too, In other places I've posted, FTF was Failure To Feed, as opposed to FTE Failure To Eject, so I wondered also.

But I've seen TTT and bump before

I'm new here too.
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Old November 21, 2009, 12:01 PM   #8
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The Canonical List Of TFL Acronyms (CLOTFLA) can be found here:
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/...onyms_category

It includes most of them... although, oddly, not FTF as an abbreviation for Face to Face.

But it does include my personal favorite: IMNSHO (in my not so humble opinion).
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Old November 21, 2009, 12:57 PM   #9
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The problem with abbreviations, especially within a jargon, is the multiple uses of a single abbreviation.

FTE = failure to eject or failure to extract, same problem to the shooter at he moment, but really quite different problems with different fixes.

BTT = bump to top or back to top ... differences with out much distinction.

Don't use them if there is ambiguity in their use.

Try not to use them at all. Then there is no problem with the reader understanding what they mean.
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Old November 21, 2009, 02:08 PM   #10
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Don't use them if there is ambiguity in their use.

Try not to use them at all. Then there is no problem with the reader understanding what they mean.
What good advice...

But when you come across a potentially ambiguous acronym, context can also be your guide: If someone puts "FTF" in a thread title in the "For sale..." forums, it's a pretty safe bet that they don't want to ship whatever they're selling. If someone in the semi-auto handgun forum starts a thread titled "FTF with Glock 19," it's a pretty safe bet that they're not talking about getting up close and personal with it.
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Old November 21, 2009, 02:25 PM   #11
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FTF = Failure to Feed
FTF = Failure to Fire
FTF = Face to Face

?? Huh what who?

I agree, don't use them. That's teenage text talk.

Here's a prime example of total confusion: Fs: Nib dpms lpk (pa)

Something new in the box for sale I think.

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Old November 21, 2009, 02:27 PM   #12
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If someone in the semi-auto handgun forum starts a thread titled "FTF with Glock 19," it's a pretty safe bet that they're not talking about getting up close and personal with it.
But if they're in the Tactics and Training forum, then they could be about to recount a scenario :barf:
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Old November 21, 2009, 02:44 PM   #13
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But if they're in the Tactics and Training forum, then they could be about to recount a scenario
And if so, they're remarkably observant under stress...
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Old November 22, 2009, 11:33 AM   #14
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acronyms

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