People who use introduction agencies on a regular basis tend get to know many of the abbreviations that are commonly used in personals ads etc. However, for the first-timer it can all be a bit confusing! Here we try to unravel the mystery and make those ads a little easier to read.
BTW - By the way
DOB - Date of birth
f2f - Face to face
FYI - For your information
GSOH - Good sense of humour
h/w/p - Height/weight proportional
IMHO - In my humble opinion
ISO - In search of
LJBF - Let's just be friends
LOL - Laughing out loud
LTR - Long term relationship
PC - Politically correct
MYOB - Mind your own business
n/s - Non-smoker
SWNSM - Single white non-smoking male
SWNSF - Single white non-smoking female
TLC - Tender loving care
WLTM - Would like to meet
YOA - Years of age
Of course you will probably come across others and 'new' ones are being added all the time. However, we hope this gives you enough to be going on with as a starting point.
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Some UK dating agencies also offer updates or communication by SMS text messages on your mobile phone. There are even some companies offering dating services entirely on your mobile but we believe that the services offered thus far are too limited to be of any real use to most people who are seriously looking to find a partner. Technology may get to point of being able to successfully do this one day - we just don't think it's quite there yet.
However, if you do start to use your mobile to communicate with your date you may have to learn a whole new language, unless you're already well used to using emoticons etc. There are so many emoticons, a smiley :-) for example, as they're called, that it is beyond the scope of this guide to go into detail. There are literally hundreds and there are even whole books devoted to the subject! Alternatively do a search for 'emoticons' on a quality search engine such as Google.co.uk and you should soon find a dictionary for any that you don't understand - and maybe some that you'd like to use!
Having said all that, the better introduction agencies don't restrict you too much in terms of the number of words or characters that you're allowed to use so you probably won't have to bother learning the abbreviations or emoticons language much. Remember, though, that if you use them on a site where others don't you may appear to be a seasoned dating pro, and therefore you could come across as being slightly less attractive than otherwise. The best advice we can give is for you to have a jolly good look around the site you are using and see whether other people use abbreviations and such like very much. If not - please don't be tempted to over-use them. You must remember that whilst you may be up with all the latest developments in text messaging or such like, many other people aren't so you might want to temper your enthusism a bit - if only for the sake of being easily understood.
At the end of the day, you really shouldn't get too hung up about abbreviation, emoticons etc. Just try to be yourself and as natural as possible. After all, the aim of the game is to move away from online dating using whichever introduction agency you chose and onto meeting up in the real world. Whatever you may be told, using an agency is merely a transitory stage.
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